Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

In July 2007, The International Association of Lions Clubs agreed to help the US Department of Health and Human Services disseminate information about pandemic influenza (flu) preparedness. The Association can work with health agencies in other countries to provide similar life-saving information. 

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Guidelines

Flu germs transfer through close personal contact such as shaking hands, sneezing, and the sharing of common surfaces including doorknobs and table tops. To minimize the spread of germs during a pandemic, minimize contact with others and follow these basic guidelines.

Lions can communicate this important influenza information via:

In addition, Lions can collect non-perishable food items, hygiene items, and non-prescription medications (see suggestions in the personal Lions ALERT plan below) for needy persons in the community. 

Lions ALERT Plan for the Community

Many communities already have pandemic influenza preparedness plans. If this is the case in your community, volunteer to help local government and healthcare officials prepare the public for this healthcare emergency.

In communities without pandemic flu preparedness plans, use the basic Lions ALERT plan format to develop a Lions ALERT pandemic flu preparedness plan.

Club, District and Multiple District Lions ALERT Plans

Lions can share flu preparedness information through club, district, and multiple district bulletins and Web sites. E-mails provide another vehicle for disseminating information.

During a flu pandemic, Lions clubs may find it necessary to organize meetings via conference telephone calls and the Internet. This may also be necessary for Lions district and multiple district meetings and forums.

Personal Lions ALERT Plan

Good personal hygiene will help reduce the spread of flu germs. However, during a flu pandemic, the following preparations may be necessary.

For More Information

Information about pandemic flu is available on the following Web sites:

For more information, please contact us.

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