The World Health Organization has declared a swine flu pandemicâ€”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.
â€œSeveral 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,â€ said Kay Catlin, interim Health and Safety Manager for the Fox River Chapter of the American Red Cross. â€œThose flyers are still available for distribution to any individuals or organizations who would like to be prepared in anticipation of any pandemic.â€
Topics addressed in the flyer include:
â€¢ What is pandemic flu?
â€¢ What can you do to prepare for the flu?
â€¢ What should you do when a household member is sick?
â€¢ How is the flu virus spread?
â€¢ Simple steps to stop the spread of germs
â€¢ How to help a person recovering from the flu
â€¢ 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.