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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:20 am

Preparing for the Coming Influenza Pandemic
https://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/files/ComingPandemic.pdf

 By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP
Medical Director,
The Druid Oaks Health Center
Decatur, GA USA

Copyright 2005

The first few sections of this monograph deal with topics related to the influenza virus, with special attention on the 1918 Spanish Flu, which was the last major pandemic.  What happened then is the best source of information on what could happen now.  Given the predictable effect a major pandemic will have on society and essential services, several prudent suggestions are provided for you to consider taking before the pandemic sets in.  

During a major pandemic, many ordinary people will find themselves responsible for providing medical care to loved ones and friends.  Under usual circumstances patients this sick would be hospitalized but during a major pandemic, that option is not likely to be available.  To assist you in this heroic lifesaving task, I have included advice on how to provide home care to very sick or even dying influenza patients.

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:27 am

UPDATED version for: Coping with the Coming Pandemic (above):

Preparing for the Coming Influenza Pandemic
https://www.acoem.org/ohden/downloads/AvianFluGuideOct05.pdf


By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP
Edited by David Jodrey, PhD

It is certain that we will have another influenza pandemic, and probably soon. What is not known is whether the pandemic will be of the major variety resembling the 1918 flu, or a mi
nor one more like the 1958 flu pandemic.  My advice is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  

The first few sections of this monograph deal with topics related to the influenza virus, with special attention on the 1918 Spanish Flu, which was the last major pandemic.  What happened then is the best source of information on what could happen now.  Given the extremely disruptive effect a major pandemic would have on society and essential services, several prudent suggestions are provided for you to consider taking before the pandemic sets in.
 
During a major pandemic, many ordinary people will find themselves responsible for providing medical care to loved ones and friends.  Under usual circumstances patients this sick would be hospitalized −but during a major pandemic, that option is not likely to be available.  To assist you in this heroic lifesaving task, I have included advice on how to provide home care to very sick or even dying influenza patients.   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:34 am

Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory diseases in health care
http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/WHO_CDS_EPR_2007_6c.pdf?ua=1

WHO Interim Guidelines
June 2007

The purpose of this document is to provide infection control guidance to help prevent the transmission of acute infectious respiratory diseases during health care, with emphasis on acute respiratory diseases that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern as defined in the International Health Regulations (2005; Annex 1). Managers of health-care facilities may also consider using this guidance to assist them in preparation for epidemics and pandemics.

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 pm

Influenza Pandemic Preparation and Response: A Citizen's Guide
http://www.fremont.nh.gov/Pages/FremontNH_Health/FluDocs/guide.pdf

(68 page pdf file)

Most public health specialists from around the world believe that there will be another human influenza pandemic, a pandemic caused by an avian influenza virus that can cause human illness and has mutated to a form that spreads from person to person.  Such a random event has occurred three times during the past century, causing three different influenza pandemics.

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throughout the world agree that the responsibility to respond to a public health emergency such as pandemic influenza cannot be fully placed under the responsibility of health workers and other primary responders, who may themselves become incapacitated by illness and death.  It is thus each individual’s responsibility, alone or collectively, to plan for and respond to a pandemic in the home and/or in the community. Influenza Pandemic Preparation and Response: A Citizen’s Guide clearly describes, in lay terms, the actions that each of  us can take.  ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:52 pm

Pandemic Influenza-Emergency Planning and Community Preparedness
https://content.taylorfrancis.com/books/download?dac=C2009-0-14364-5&isbn=9781420060881&format=googlePreviewPdf

  Pandemics are diseases without borders. The influenza virus will not respect economic, political, and geographic boundaries. National estimates indicate that a pandemic could infect more than one-third of the world’s population, killing mil- lions. A severe pandemic outbreak will result in absenteeism of up to 40 percent of the workforce, dramatically decreasing the number of available workers and signifi- cantly disrupting the movement of people and goods. When a pandemic occurs, life as we know it will change — in culture and in politics as well as in the prosperity of any nation it touches. We need to be prepared, both personally and professionally, to respond. Our businesses need to know how to stay operational for society to remain functional.

While there is no way to predict when the next pandemic will strike, it is only a matter of time before it does. Knowing the facts is the best preparation

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