What individuals and families need to know in the event of a flu pandemic

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Be prepared

Currently there is 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.

Practical things to know in the event of a flu pandemic

Health care services provided by doctors, nurses and hospitals may be reduced or unavailable because of high demand.

  • If you become sick, it may be suggested that you stay home rather than visit an emergency department.
  • Check for flu clinics and resources from your province or territory
  • Talk to your health care provider about options for ongoing health care services (e.g., for a chronic condition 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.

Childcare facilities and schools may be closed.

  • Have a back-up plan for child care.

Transportation (e.g., bus services, airlines, taxis) may be disrupted.

  • Look for information before you travel.

Stay informed

Reliable and up to date information during a flu pandemic can be found through trusted sources such as:

  • government web sites
  • radio
  • TV
  • newspapers
  • social media channels belonging to trusted sources

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

  • health card number
  • current medical conditions
  • health care providers' contact information
  • current medications and treatments

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

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