A global outbreak that occurs when a new influenza virus “emerges” in the human population, causing serious illness, and spreading worldwide. Vaccines and antiviral drugs are the two most important medical interventions for reducing the number of people who become ill. Vaccines are universally considered the first line of defense.
Based on past experience, pandemic influenza may not affect all countries or all parts of a country at the same time. If efforts to contain an emerging virus at the source fail, health authorities will likely have some opportunities to intervene to forestall the spread internationally, within a country, and within an affected community. Actions aimed at delaying the spread must, however, take place rapidly. The better hygiene, nutritional status, and drugs for treating the secondary complications of influenza, seen today in many parts of the world, may mitigate some of the health consequences of a pandemic.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A PANDEMIC?
Pandemics are unpredictable, and are difficult to control. However, you can take the following precautions:
- Stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) all issue regular updates on how the flu is progressing and the vaccine development process.
- Follow guidance provided by health authorities.
- Get vaccinated, this is the best defense.
- Stay in good health - your body has a better chance to fight the virus.
- Implement good hygiene - wash hands often with soap and water and stay away from people who are ill to prevent infection.
Prevent the spread of germs by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and stay home from work when sick.
Many characteristics of a pandemic that guide the selection of response measures will only become apparent after a new virus has emerged. JLL will rely on information and direction provided from health authorities to determine our course of action.
The websites below offer additional direction and options for both home and business. Stay informed and be prepared.