Protect Yourself and Your Family
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put your tissue in the trash can.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 10-15 seconds.
- If water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Keep your home and work areas clean and sanitized.
- Clean areas with household detergents.
- Use bleach or alcohol to sanitize surfaces.
- Keep your distance from others.
- Avoid crowds.
- Limit your travel.
- If possible, work from home.
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
- Occurs every year
- Occurs during the winter, Dec. to March
- Most people recover in 1-2 weeks with little medical treatment
- The very young, elderly and very sick are most at risk
- Occurs irregularly
- Occurs at the same time of the year
- Some people may never recover, even with medical treatment
- People of every age may be at risk
- Essential services may be disrupted, including banks, restaurants, post offices, stores and gas stations.
- Food and water supplies may be interrupted and limited.
- Being able to work may be difficult or impossible.
- Schools and daycare centers may be closed for an extended period of time.
- Medical care could be disrupted.
For More Information
- Influenza Fact Sheet (pdf): Influenza Fact Sheet
- U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on avian influenza
- Centers for Disease Control website
- North Carolina Public Health website