What is the state doing? What should I be doing? To prepare at home: Stay up to date on all immunizations, Kansas has a plan for responding to pandemic influenza. Seasonal Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary especially flu and pneumonia shots. Make it a habit to fill your prescriptions The plan calls for public health agencies to perform disease tracking and investigation. Local, state and federal Flu and several days before you run out. The State of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, Governor agencies, healthcare professionals, Plan ahead to have medications, food, and the private sector will work water and other necessities on hand. together in a coordinated effort to Have at least one hard-wired phone and know how to reach your family and maintain essential public services and preserve community health. These agencies will share Pandemic support network. To stay informed: information with one another and the public throughout the duration of the pandemic. Influenza Check the KDHE Web site: www.kdheks.gov We are: Listen to and watch national and local Preparing to obtain antiviral medications and distribute vaccines if they are What You news and read newspapers. Follow directions from state and local available. Assisting healthcare facilities Can Do in planning for a patient health officials. load much larger than normal with short staffing. to Protect If you become ill: Get plenty of rest, drink fluids and take non-aspirin pain relievers for fever Helping businesses prepare to keep critical operations going. Yourself and body aches. Planning to ensure that essential supplies and Stay home until you feel well enough to services to the state are not resume normal activities (may take interrupted. more than a week). To read the State’s Pandemic If you become ill to the point of needing Influenza Preparedness and assistance in doing normal, everyday Response Plan, visit: activities, contact your healthcare provider. www.kdheks.gov What we all need to know: There is no pandemic influenza in the world today, but... ... a new influenza virus spread from birds to humans in Asia has drawn What is influenza? attention to the possibility that pandemic Influenza (“the flu”) is a virus flu could arrive in the United States soon. affecting the respiratory system. Every year, new seasonal influenza viruses What is pandemic influenza? emerge and cause illness in Kansas, Pandemic influenza is a worldwide resulting in about 1,000 deaths due to outbreak of influenza caused by a new influenza and its complications. virus to which people have little or no The symptoms are high fever over 0 immunity. The symptoms of such a virus 101 F, coughing, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Seasonal flu and pandemic would probably be similar to those of influenza affect society very differently seasonal flu, but the duration and/or from each other. severity of the symptoms would be different. The virus would spread in the Influenza How Influenza How to Avoid Getting and Spreading same way as a seasonal influenza virus. Symptoms Spreads Influenza The prevention and treatment Fever of 101o F or Influenza viruses are Practice good health habits starting today! spread in tiny droplets measures for such a virus would also be more expelled when the same as for seasonal influenza. The Wash your hands frequently with soap and coughing or sneezing. warm water or an alcohol-based gel. H5N1 “bird flu” virus is one that could Headache They can easily spread cause an influenza pandemic, but today from person to person. People can also Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. it is not pandemic influenza. Extreme tiredness become infected by touching something Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a When to Seek Medical Help Dry cough that was recently disposable tissue and throw it away You should seek medical help if you have a contaminated with the immediately, or use the crook of your high fever with a headache, shortness of breath, virus and then touching Sore throat elbow to keep the virus off your hands. are unable to eat or drink, or have excessive their mouth or nose or using their hands when tiredness that prevents you from using the eating. A sick person Avoid close contact with people who are kitchen or bathroom in your home. A high fever Muscle aches sick. is defined as having a body temperature of 101o may be able to infect others several days F or more. These are signs that you are sick, may A runny nose is before showing any Stay home when you are sick. be contagious and may have influenza. Seeking not typical of the symptoms and up to help when you feel sick with these symptoms influenza virus. five days after will help make sure you are using the healthcare Get a flu shot every year. becoming sick. system in a responsible way. Visit the KDHE Web site at: www.kdheks.gov for more information and updates.