Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Update

With increasing news coverage of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak, we want to update you on the response of the American Red Cross. We are monitoring the developing situation and are following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security and local public health officials.

Our priority right now is to maintain the blood supply, educate the public about ways to stay healthy and continue to provide vital disaster relief services.

At this time we encourage families, businesses and organizations to review and update their preparedness plans. Stocking extra food, water and supplies at home will reduce the need to go out should this swine flu strain become more widespread and schools or businesses temporarily close. The Red Cross recommends storing a two-week supply of food, water and household necessities such as laundry detergent and toilet paper. A gallon of water per person per day should be stored in clean plastic containers. Family preparation steps should also include storing formula for infants, food for special nutritional needs, essential medicines and medical items, and extra food for pets.

In addition, it is important for people to follow basic public health practices such as:
  • cover your cough
  • sneeze into a tissue
  • frequent hand-washing
  • visit a doctor for flu-like symptoms
  • stay home when sick
  • more flu precautions
Your American Red Cross will continue to work with government officials on the H1N1 (Swine Flu) issue. Please be assured that we stand ready to help as appropriate.

If you would like additional information about the efforts of the American Red Cross-Dallas Area Chapter, you can visit our Web site. If you would like additional information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) visit the CDC Web site or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

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