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  • Michael Osterholm Quotes:

    “What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.”

    “Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?”

    “It's the perfect setup. Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight.”

    “We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.”

  • US Health and Human Services

    Secretary Michael Leavitt

    "If there is one message on pandemic preparedness that I could leave today that you would remember, it would be this:

    Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government or for that matter the state government will be able to step forward and come to their rescue at the final hour will be tragically wrong,

    not because government will lack a will, not because we lack a collective wallet, but because there is no way that you can respond to every hometown in America at the same time."
  • Joseph C. Napoli, MD of Resiliency LLC

    "I think a new meaning is evolving for resiliency and resilience.

    In some contexts the words are being used to mean the strength to resist being impacted by an adverse event rather than either the “capacity to rebound” or “act of rebounding” from adversity.

    Therefore, resiliency and resilience appear to be assuming the meaning of fortitude, that is, “the strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without despondency” as defined in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

    If so, we are coming full circle with science accepting a religious moral virtue – fortitude – as written in the Bible’s Book of Wisdom"




  • Faith Based Resources

    John Piper
    Jonathan Edwards
    Reformation
    Pink-Saving Faith
    Pink-Christian Ethics

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
    (2 Corinthians 13:5).

    Why Faith Groups Must Care

    When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

    Stand

    Be Not Afraid
    Overcoming the fear of Death
    by Johann Christoph Arnold







    While I am not a professional journalist, I do embrace the code of ethics put forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and the statement of purpose by the Association of Health Care Journalists and above all else I strive to "do no harm".


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  • Definitions

    from Wikipedia



    Pandemic Influenza


    An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of the influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population.

    In contrast to the regular seasonal epidemics of influenza, these pandemics occur irregularly, with the 1918 Spanish flu the most serious pandemic in recent history.

    Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality, with the Spanish influenza being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people.

    There have been about 3 influenza pandemics in each century for the last 300 years. The most recent ones were the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.



    Seasonal Influenza


    Flu season is the portion of the year in which there is a regular outbreak in flu cases.

    It occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

    Flu activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

    Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.



    Avian (Bird) Flu
    Avian influenza,

    sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds."


    "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "Swine flu", "Dog flu", "Horse flu", or "Human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

    All known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species: Influenza A virus.

    All subtypes (but not all strains of all subtypes) of Influenza A virus are adapted to birds, which is why for many purposes avian flu virus is the Influenza A virus (note that the "A" does not stand for "avian").
    Adaptation is non-exclusive.

    Being adapted towards a particular species does not preclude adaptations, or partial adaptations, towards infecting different species.

    In this way strains of influenza viruses are adapted to multiple species, though may be preferential towards a particular host.

    For example, viruses responsible for influenza pandemics are adapted to both humans and birds.

    Recent influenza research into the genes of the Spanish Flu virus shows it to have genes adapted to both birds and humans; with more of its genes from birds than less deadly later pandemic strains.

    H5N1 Strain


    Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.

    A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as "avian influenza" or "bird flu".

    It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia. One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia.

    It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.

    Most references to "bird flu" and H5N1 in the popular media refer to this strain.



    As of the July 25, 2008 FAO Avian Influenza Disease Emergency Situation Update, H5N1 pathogenicity is continuing to gradually rise in wild birds in endemic areas but the avian influenza disease situation in farmed birds is being held in check by vaccination.

    Eleven outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam) compared to 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007.

    The "global HPAI situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008 [but] cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems".





    Pandemic Severity Index


    The Pandemic Severity Index (PSI) is a proposed classification scale for reporting the severity of influenza pandemics in the United States.

    The PSI was accompanied by a set of guidelines intended to help communicate appropriate actions for communities to follow in potential pandemic situations. [1]

    Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2007, the PSI was designed to resemble the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale





    From the Massachusetts Health and Human Services



    Isolation


    refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.



    Quarantine


    refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.
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Home Drug Stockpiles for Flu Pandemic

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 4, 2008

It is amazing to me that as an adult responsible for all areas of my life I cannot be allowed to be trusted with medications that may save my life and the lives of my loved ones in case of a pandemic.

It boggles my mind why, when many in government are telling us that we will “be on our own” we once again are being held back from the information or tools we will need in our arsenal to fight pandemic influenza “on our own”.

This contradiction infuriates me.

Instead we will have to rely on volunteers who may not show up to distribute these drugs during our time of need. We will have to venture out to receive these drugs at the exact time that we should not be congregating. And we will be taxing a system and people who will be needed for other things.

We are allowed to vote, to own guns, to be parents, to drive cars, to decide all manner of things that could potentially have an impact on hundreds of lives and yet…

U.S. questions home drug stockpiles for flu pandemic

Updated Thu. Oct. 30 2008 8:16 AM ET

The Associated Press

BETHESDA, Md. — Should people be allowed or even urged to buy and store in their homes flu drugs for use in an influenza pandemic? The U.S. government, which has been grappling with how to distribute antiviral drugs in the anticipated chaos of a pandemic, believes the idea bears exploring.

But discussions Wednesday of a panel of experts convened to advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the idea showed just how many sticky issues are enmeshed in the proposal to allow pharmaceutical companies to sell "flu medkits."

Concerns were raised about whether people could be trusted to store and use the drugs appropriately and whether misuse might fuel the development of resistance to the few influenza drugs on the market. Some experts worried whether parents would be able to gauge the amount of drug their children would need and mix a solution – by breaking open capsules – based on the child’s weight.

Still others echoed the concerns raised by representatives of physician and pharmacist groups who argued against taking the responsibility for deciding when a person needs a prescription drug out of the hands of medical professionals.

please read the rest of the article here.

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How many parents have had to learn to inject their children with insulin? How many people have to learn inject themselves and manage their diabetes —and they do it quite well.

Basically this FDA advisory committee believes that "the hapless public is simply too ignorant to be trusted with this responsibility"

Not only should we have ready access antivirals, we will need antibiotics as well with instructions on how and when, and when not to, use these drugs. Given the opportunity people will follow the guidelines.

What we should have on hand in Home Pandemic Influenza Kits: (a partial list)

Good Home Treatment of Influenza <——free download! – book by Grattan Woodson MD

Antivirals (Tamiflu or Relenza) – currently not available to consumers for stockpiling

Antibiotics (Zithromycin or Ciprofloxin) currently not available to consumers for stockpiling

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen

Oral Rehydration Solution (salt, sugar, no salt, water) recipes can be found here and here.

[The basic recipes is 1 quart of water, 1 tsp salt, 3 Tbsp sugar – flavored drink mix can be added to make it more palatable but watch the sugar content if this substitution is made]

Baking soda

OTC anti-diarrheal medication

OTC anti-nausea medication

Benadryl

Robitussin DM or Mucinex

Hand Sanitizers (and plenty of soap)

N-95 Masks

Thermometers (especially the disposable kind)

 

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