Pandemic Preparedness and Your Family

Pandemic Preparedness and Your Family

In 2009, a new strain of the influenza virus (2009 H1N1) spread worldwide to more than 214 countries, including the U.S. The pandemic - any disease that becomes widespread, affecting many people in many countries - resulted in substantial illness, hospitalizations and over 18,400 deaths. Pets also became infected from their sick owners. Prevention is the key to protecting your family and pets from these viruses.

Use this checklist to prepare your family before, during, and after a pandemic flu situation.

Pandemic Flu and Your Family [PDF]

Related Websites

Be Red Cross Ready: Flu Safety
Advice for taking care of the ill, taking care of yourself, and reducing spread is included.
American Red Cross (ARC)
Website with information and resources related to influenza (seasonal and pandemic) and ways to protect yourself and your family.
Multiple Federal Agencies

Preparedness Resources


8 Ways You Can Stay Healthy At Work
Tips for protecting yourself and others from spreading illnesses at work
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
H1N1 Flu Virus: For Pet Owners (FAQ)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about H1N1 flu virus and pets.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace during a Pandemic
Tips for protecting yourself from influenza in the workplace.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Pandemic Flu Preparation: The Workplace and the Community
Factsheet includes topics to consider when preparing a family, business, and community for pandemic flu.
University of South Dakota Extension
Protect Yourself: Avian Flu: Animal Handlers (Not Poultry Employees)
Reference card containing signs and symptoms of avian flu in humans and birds, control measures, and precautions to take when handling animals.
Occupational Safety and Heath Administration
Protect Yourself: Avian Flu: General Precautions
Quick reference on avian flu including signs of disease and general precautions to take to avoid becoming infected.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Seasonal and H1N1 2009: For Parents Who Have Children or Adolescents With High-Risk Medical Conditions
Brochure containing flu prevention information for parents of children with high-risk medical conditions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: Summary Highlights, April 2009-April 2010
Historical overview of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


H1N1 Flu Virus FAQ
Website with frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the H1N1 flu virus.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)