The main objective of this session is to make you aware of the risks of flu pandemics, the potential problems we could all face should we be hit with a pandemic, and the precautions you would need to take to keep yourself and your family safe. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand what a pandemic is, recognize the risks, identify flu symptoms, prevent the spread of infection, prepare for and deal with a pandemic at work and at home, and know what to do if you get sick.
Why “Pandemic Flu—How to Prevent and Respond” Matters:
Could the flu really kill millions of people? The answer is that it has. In 1918, an influenza pandemic called the Spanish flu killed at least 50 million people around the world. It has been called the worst health disaster since the plague.
Today we have more advanced medicines and treatment options to help people prevent and recover from the flu. But people are traveling much more now, and such a flu outbreak could spread globally at a faster pace.
- Although pandemics are rare, they can be devastating.
- Be prepared to deal with the effects of a pandemic in the workplace and at home.
- Make sure you understand the precautions necessary to protect yourself and your family and prevent the spread of infection.
- And finally, know what to do if you get sick.