Pandemic Preparation

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Sneeze into your sleeve, not your hand, and stock up on supplies.

Those are some of the suggestions the government is making in the event of a flu pandemic.

They're listed in a new guide. There are familiar tips like having enough water, food and prescription drugs on hand. It also calls on families to keep a chart with basic medical histories and current information.

Because flu outbreaks could shut down schools, parents are asked to be ready to teach kids at home. Readers are also told to think about alternatives to public transportation.

The guide says preparation will give Americans "confidence that we are ready to fight a flu pandemic."

Pandemic Preparation-Fact Sheet
Flu pandemic tipsThe federal government offers tips for preparing for a flu pandemic.


  • Water and nonperishable food.


  • Ask employer how business will continue.
  • Consider working from home.
  • Check with employer or union about leave policies.
  • Backup plans for taking care of distant loved ones.
  • Home learning activities and exercises for kids.
  • Create family emergency health plan and history.


  • Stay at home if sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Cough or sneeze into sleeve if no tissue.