Questions and Answers About Pandemic Influenza 

If an influenza pandemic occurs, many people could become sick at the same time and would be unable to go to work. Many would stay at home to care for sick family members. Schools and businesses might close to try to prevent disease spread. Large group gatherings might be canceled. Public transportation might be reduced. Families, communities, schools, and businesses must prepare for pandemic influenza.  


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What is an influenza pandemic?

Is there an influenza pandemic right now?

Isn't there a flu epidemic every year? What is different about a pandemic flu?

Will there be a pandemic soon?

If there is an influenza pandemic, what will happen?

How is the influenza virus spread?

What can I do to protect against pandemic or regular influenza?

How would pandemic flu affect communities and businesses?

How can I help my family be prepared?

Couldn't we just get a flu vaccine if there is a pandemic influenza?

Are there medicines that treat flu?

Will there be enough antiviral medicine and vaccines for everyone if there is a pandemic?

Should families stockpile Tamiflu?

Will a mask protect me from pandemic influenza?

What else can be done to protect people in a pandemic?

Will the government quarantine people in a pandemic?

What is the City of Berkeley doing to prepare for a pandemic influenza?

Where can I get more information about pandemic influenza?

I have more questions. Who can I call?



What is an influenza pandemic? (Top of page)

Is there an influenza pandemic right now? (Top of page) 

Isn't there a flu epidemic every year?  What is different about a pandemic flu? (Top of page) 

Will there be a pandemic soon? (Top of page) 

If there is an influenza pandemic, what will happen? (Top of page) 

How is influenza virus spread? (Top of page) 

What can I do to protect against pandemic or regular influenza? (Top of page) 

Get a seasonal flu shot and "WHACK" the flu!

Wash your hands often
Home is where you stay when you are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing

How would pandemic flu affect communities and businesses? (Top of page) 

How can I help my family be prepared? (Top of page) 

Couldn't we just get a flu vaccine if there is a pandemic influenza? (Top of page) 

Are there medicines that treat flu? (Top of page) 

Will there be enough antiviral medicine and vaccine for everyone if there is a pandemic? (Top of page) 

Should families stockpile Tamiflu? (Top of page) 

Will a mask protect me from pandemic influenza? (Top of page) 

What else can be done to protect people in a pandemic? (Top of page) 

Will the government quarantine people in a pandemic? (Top of page) 

What is the City of Berkeley doing to prepare for a pandemic influenza? (Top of page) 

Where can I get more information about pandemic influenza? (Top of page) 

http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

http://www.acphd.org/seasonalflu/

http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/diseases/pandemic_flu.htm

http://www.wpro.who.int/health_topics/pandemic_preparedness/

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