Local Red Cross has free pandemic flu information

By on June 18, 2009

The World Health Organization has declared a swine flu pandemic—the first global flu epidemic in 41 years. To date, nearly 30,000 cases have been identified in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere around the world.

“Several years ago when the bird flu became a concern, the Red Cross in conjunction with the Kane County Health Department, Kane County Office of Emergency Management and Kane County Medical Reserve Corps developed a quick fact sheet about pandemic flu in general,” said Kay Catlin, interim Health and Safety Manager for the Fox River Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Those flyers are still available for distribution to any individuals or organizations who would like to be prepared in anticipation of any pandemic.”

Topics addressed in the flyer include:
• What is pandemic flu?
• What can you do to prepare for the flu?
• What should you do when a household member is sick?
• How is the flu virus spread?
• Simple steps to stop the spread of germs
• How to help a person recovering from the flu
• Helpful website addresses

Single copies of the brochure are available at the chapter offices 121 N. 2nd Street (Route 31), Suite G in St. Charles. If you would like to have a copy mailed to you, call (630) 443-8844.