Pandemic flu plans aren’t just for governments: Families need them too, says Ted Epperly, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a family doc in Boise, Idaho. And parents need to prepare now. Here are eight things families should do to get ready for swine flu, according to Epperly:
Most people are going to recover just fine from influenza, Epperly notes, even a swine flu. But with regular seasonal flu, too, more than 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized each year with complications. In last winter’s flu season, 86 children died of complications of the regular flu, according to the CDC. The uncertainty over what’s going to happen with this new virus has parents, doctors, and public-health officials justifiably worried.
“Hope for the best, and plan for the worst” is the way to go, Epperly says. “Hopefully, this won’t take off.”