Flu (influenza): Pandemic flu

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Be prepared

There is currently no flu pandemic.

It is impossible to predict when the next flu pandemic will happen and how it will impact individuals and communities. So, it is important for Canadians to be prepared for different situations.

Learn how to protect yourself and your family from seasonal flu. Put this knowledge into practice and develop the habits that will help you to stay healthy in the event of a flu pandemic.

Get the flu shot

What you need to know

In the event of a flu pandemic, healthcare services provided by doctors, nurses and hospitals may be reduced or unavailable, because of high demand.

  • If you become sick, you may be told stay home rather than visit an emergency department.
  • You can check for flu clinics and resources in your province or territory.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about options for ongoing healthcare services for chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

Banks may be closed.

  • Plan to keep some money at home for emergency purchases.

Stores may be closed.

  • Keep extra essential supplies, such as food and medicine, on hand.

Child care facilities and schools may be closed.

  • Have a back-up plan for child care.

Transportation (for example, bus services, airlines and taxis) may be disrupted.

  • Look for information before you travel.

Stay informed

Find reliable and up-to-date information during a flu pandemic from trusted sources such as:

  • radio
  • news broadcasts
  • government websites
  • reputable newspapers
  • social media channels belonging to trusted sources

During a flu pandemic you may need to give health information to healthcare providers or at flu shot clinics. You may need to give information about yourself and others in your care. Keep a record of your relevant health information handy, such as:

  • health card number(s)
  • current medical condition(s)s
  • current medication and treatments
  • healthcare providers' contact information

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