Survive flu epidemics, pandemics & outbreaks

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Increasing the odds to survive flu epidemics, pandemics & outbreaks

 The description of  "flu epidemics" can be found under "Why be prepared"

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The following is intended to serve as a potential resource for those seeking information associated with surviving flu related epidemics, pandemics & outbreaks.

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Prelude

It is no secret that cold and flu viruses commonly live among the human race. By this day and age we have been exposed to just about every naturally occurring flu that exists on the planet. Avoiding them has always been the challenge, ... especially during the season of flu and sickness. Yes, ... the human race is schooled in the aspects of treating symptoms associated with colds and flu viruses as well preventing exposure to the most common of viruses but what happens when a new strain of flu enters a community? Though it does not seem to likely it is better to be prepared for such an event than NOT, .... because we can. Viral engineering has taken flu's and colds to a whole new level. As we advance in technology we also become subject to the weaponizing of said technology. Truth be told, ... efforts do exist to modify and create new strains of nasty viruses just because we can. The results are stored somewhere "safe" until someone decides it can be used or should be destroyed. Containment of such super viruses are implemented through fallible measures also created by humans. Precautionary measures and procedures  as such can fail for a multiplicity of reasons which are planned for accordingly, .... just as it is for a containment breach. Why do you think that is? Because nothing is fool proof? A containment breech of a super virus may not be inevitable but is prepared for none the less by those who make them as well as those who know the destructive value of said super viruses. If they prepare for such a contingency than shouldn't you? It's all about the desire to live, isn't it?

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Utilize this information to avoid, treat and prepare for both common and unique flu type events.

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Avoiding common flu's

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Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of 6 months. The practice of vaccinating people for various sicknesses began sometime in the late 1700's and is still controversial between those who approve and those who are skeptical. Some people feel it is an obligation to the general public as a means to assist in preventing the spreading of flu viruses while others decline vaccinations with claims of conspiratory agendas by those implementing such vaccinations. Both points can be argued and disputed with an array of facts and evidence to support their claims but the choice come down to each individual, ... at least for now. Many administrations representing nations and companies are pushing for mandatory vaccinations. That is where many citizens draw the line. According to opposition no one has the right to force injections or ingestion of any food or medicine against a persons will.  Those who are considering vaccinations and are concerned about the quality and manufacturing origin of said vaccines should be sure to perform a reasonable degree of  home work before getting any shots. Don't just take your neighbors word for it. Visit some resources fo more information.  [Vaccine Research Center (VRC)] , [Vaccine safety] , [History of vaccines] , [anti-vaccination movement (AVM)].

Each year's seasonal flu vaccine contains protection from the three or four influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common during that year's flu season. The vaccine is typically available as an injection or as a nasal spray. Be advised of the fact that the annual vaccination for any given year may change in accordance with changes and adaptation in flu viruses and may not be applicable or effective for all flu type sicknesses despite having received an appropriate remedy.

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Controlling the spread of infection

The influenza vaccine isn't 100 percent effective, so it's also important to take measures such as these to reduce the spread of infection.

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Wash your hands

Thorough and frequent hand-washing is an effective way to prevent many common infections. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water aren't readily available. Proactive measures of disinfection extend to routine objects, tools and devices used by the general public and certainly within our circle of friends, coworkers and associates. Many people find that they have come in contact with flu like viruses from their children. Despite their wonder and cuteness children exchange a plethora of sickness between one another an lovingly offer to share with loving parents  siblings and guardians. It is important to be sure toys and other objects are generally clean, ... especially just prior to and during flu seasons. Note: Many parents and guardians take a different approach when it comes to exposure and feel it is advantageous for their children to maintain or enhance immune systems by allowing exposure to occur. This is not a fallible approach and has been know to work as well. It is the natural course of life as many will profess.

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Contain your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. To avoid contaminating your hands, cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the inner crook of your elbow. Be aware of others around you who are not using preventative measures to contain their sickness. Relocating to another area away from those who do not practice safe public interactions while being sick is advantageous.

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Avoid crowds

Flu spreads easily wherever people congregate — in child care centers, schools, office buildings, auditoriums and public transportation. By avoiding crowds during peak flu season, you reduce your chances of infection. And, if you're sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides so that you lessen your chance of infecting others. Be advised that contagious periods are short but there is no way of knowing for sure when a person around you has contracted a flu virus.

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CaptureHow to Prevent a Cold or Flu

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Treating common colds & flu's:

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Since there is no cure for the common cold, treatment has two goals: to make you feel better and to help you fight off the virus. Lots of rest is the key treating a cold. You may find you need 12 hours of sleep each night, so don't set that alarm. You'll be most comfortable in a warm, humid environment. It's also important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. This makes mucus flow more freely and helps with congestion. No specific treatment exists for the virus that is causing your cold, but in treating the symptoms you can find relief. For aches and pains accompanied by a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, give Tylenol rather than aspirin to avoid the risk of Reye syndrome, a sometimes fatal condition that occurs in children with viral illnesses, especially if they have taken aspirin. If your throat is sore, gargle as often as you like with salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 cup water). Think twice before using heavily advertised over-the-counter cold and flu medications, which likely contain drugs for symptoms you don't have and therefore may result in needless over treatment. The FDA and manufacturers now say that over-the-counter cough and cold drugs should not be given to children under age 4. Over-the-counter decongestants containing pseudo-ephedrine can help dry and clear nasal passages, but only temporarily. Decongestant nasal sprays can help, too, but if they're used for more than three to five days, they may cause a "rebound" effect. This means more mucus and worse congestion. Pseudo-ephedrine may increase blood pressure and heart rate. Do not take it without first checking with a doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, prostate problems, diabetes, or thyroid problems.

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Preparing for an unknown or new strain of flu

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Awareness

Observation and awareness is key when the aim is to avoid the consequences of a viral pandemic. Observing our surroundings for abnormal changes plays an important role when acting in a prudent and effective manor. It is important to notice when sickness and illnesses appear to be stranger than what is considered to be normal. Awareness includes an element of education. A familiarity with characteristics associated with common cold and flu like symptoms. When anomalous sicknesses surface we can be quicker in noticing the symptoms thus shortening our reaction time if required. This is best accomplished thru homework and exposure to knowledge.

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Distance

Upon discovery of a potential outbreak, (especially for a new strain), placing distance between you and the infected area or region can be advantageous for survival. This action of avoidance, ... if possible, represents the concept of getting out of the way of chaos and uncertainty. Getting out of the direction of it's path may require specific knowledge regarding our geographical location for wind speed and direction, if airborne transmission is suspected. Why take chances.

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Disinfect

If a viral outbreak occurs in our general or specific region than a number of contingencies should be considered as mandatory. Without knowing for sure, ... it is proactive to carry disinfectants as we move about our day. Disinfecting wipes or gels can be carried on a person or in a personal vehicle. Use them at the fueling stations and other well traveled public places. A single gas pump in a busy area can be touched and handled by over 1000 people each day. Applying methods of disinfection to our daily lives can have a huge impact on decreasing transmission or perpetuating a nasty outbreak of some strange new virus. Items to disinfect and clean include our car keys, computer key boards and associative gadgets as well as door handles, shopping carts, ATM machines etc. Educating our children to be proactive in such measures can severely reduce the potential for bringing home cold and flu experiences from school and day care facilities.

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Personal protection equipment (PPE)

It is best to plan for the worst and hope for the best when preparing for an unexpected and deadly viral epidemic or pandemic situation. Having an appropriate amount of personal protective equipment is simply smarter and conducive for surviving such an event. Personal protective equipment includes but is not limited to mask and respirators with filter cartridges,  protective suits, gloves of various materials, etc. Suiting up in protective gear may seem a bit over prepared but may be necessary for passing through infected areas that can not be avoided.

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Containment of structure or dwelling / Isolation

Keeping a degree of materials known to be useful for making containment and isolation areas may be needed for those who find themselves to be closer to a heavily infected region than desired. Containment tents and structures can be accomplished with a few items found at the local hardware store. These items include but are not limited to PVC or other light weight pipe, rolls of heavy plastic, (6nil), various types of tape, (to assure adhesion),  flexible door molding or smoke seal as well as special filter media. Ventilation will be needed in any containment created so be advised to use materials appropriate for the task. Scrubbing the air within the containment structure can be accomplished by a few methods, ... one of which is by adding a "bubbler". (passing the inside air through a bucket of clean water after it has passed through filter media.

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Radio and communications

It is imperative to keep informed and a constant line of communications with the outside world so as to have the ability to react accordingly when or if the time comes. CB and HAM radios provide an opportunity to monitor real time chatter from others who have networked with one another across the region. be assured that they will be talking about important events and situations. Inserting ourselves in the real-time flow of current information gives us an advantage that we can act upon quicker than without it. First to know, ... first to act.

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Medications and first aid

Seasoned preppers often stock up on various types of medications such as antibiotics etc. The problem is that medications as such are hard to acquire, ... unless you might be treating your fish or other pets. Many antibiotics are available over the counter and are said to have the same name and effect as those used for humans. Many survival minded people are stocking up on amoxicillin, penicillin, ceflax etc,... all from the pet store. There are natural remedies conducive for healing and sickness found in just about every region of the planet. It is best to grab a book or two on plant life for you specific region which can provide information conducive for healing and consumption. Chances are most people will not venture too far beyond the region they are in for various reasons. Travel ways and methods may not allow movement and adequate resources may not have been gathered to permit a secure and confident exodus to a safer location. Being prepared is advantageous for survival. It gives us the opportunity to bug out and become more self reliant.

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Shelter in place, (Hunker down), or grab n go, (Bug out)

Those who are well prepared will know more about when to stay put and when to leave. It's not a bad idea to befriend a prepper to gain insight and sharpen intuition. Despite hunkering down or bugging out resources will be required to sustain life until such a time when the pandemic has been brought under control otherwise the next level of preparedness will be needed. Learning to create sustenance yourself, (hunting, growing & gathering). Always store a degree of food and water to get past the immediate chaos and disruption. First to know & first to act means that getting to the store to get supply's may be doable for those who are confident that they will be successful with exposing themselves to the infected. Be advised that densely populated areas can become depleted of resources in a matter of hours during disastrous situations.

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Security measures

Be sure to consider implementing measures of security while in the midst of any calamity or disastrous situation.  Discretionary behavior may be a wise course of action. Avoid detection and don't broadcast your advantages. If confrontation with looters can not be avoided be sure to have deterrents available.

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Videos of potential interest

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Prepping for a pandemic: Simple items you can prep that may save your life one day!

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Global Flu Pandemic - How to Prepare for a Deadly Virus Outbreak

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FEMA is PREPARING for a MASS PANDEMIC - Are You Prepared?

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The Depopulation Agenda

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References

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CDC 1 Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

 Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School

 

Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu

8 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the 'Natural' Way

 

     Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist 

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http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-a-Cold-or-the-Flu

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/understanding-common-cold-treatment

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