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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.

  • Use a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing. If a tissue isn't available, sneeze into the sleeve of a shirt. Sneezing into one's hands can further spread germs. 
  • Use soap, alcohol-based hand wipes, or gel sanitizers to wash hands.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home if infected with the flu virus. This will minimize the spread of germs.

Lions can communicate this important influenza information via:

  • A local press conference. Invite a local doctor or healthcare professional to explain how to reduce the spread of germs.
  • A press release submitted to local media.
  • A public seminar held in a local school, library, community center, house of worship, or business 
  • A local health fair.
  • Distribution of an informational flyer in local schools, day care centers, senior citizen centers, community centers, houses of worship, and local residences.
  • Flyers posted in public places including Lions club meeting places, government buildings, schools, healthcare clinics, airports, train terminals, and bus depots.
  • Employers of Lions club members.

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.

  • Eat well and exercise daily to stay healthy.
  • Use soap, alcohol-based hand wipes, or gel sanitizers to wash hands. Clean off surfaces that are frequently touched such as telephones and computer keyboards.
  • Use a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing. If a tissue isn't available, sneeze into the sleeve of a shirt. Sneezing into one's hands can further spread germs.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Consider alternatives to daily routines including working from home and watching worship services on television. 
  • If a family member contracts the flu, decide who will provide nursing care.
  • Stockpile two weeks' worth of drinking water, non-perishable food items, and prescription medicines in case you become ill or are providing nursing care and cannot go to the store. 
  • Expect temporary closings of some businesses, schools, and forms of public transportation. Also, expect limited supplies on store shelves.
  • Maintain updated health information including allergies and the blood types of all family members.
  • Maintain an emergency contact list.

For More Information

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

For more information, please contact us.

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