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South Central Public Health District has been preparing for a possible influenza pandemic, a worldwide flu that could affect the lives of millions of people like you and your family.

Although we don't know when the next pandemic will occur or how severe it will be, there are steps you should take now to protect yourself and those around you. This website contains several items to help you prepare for an influenza pandemic or other emergency.


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CDC Pandemic News

About the Flu

Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to lethal.

Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.

Extensive efforts are underway to track and monitor the spread of all flu viruses. In the U.S. epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working with states to collect, compile, and analyze reports of flu outbreaks.

Pandemic Flu vs. Seasonal Flu

Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.

Pandemic flu is virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person.

A pandemic's worldwide consequences could include:

  • More than 7 million deaths from even a mild pandemic, according to the WHO (death estimates vary wildly - some top 350 million - and will ultimately depend on the virulence of a pandemic strain), and

  • Between 89,000 and 207,000 deaths in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is the potential local impact of a pandemic?

If a pandemic occurred today, it is estimated that 1,400 citizens of south central Idaho would die and 5,000 would be hospitalized. Pandemic Influenza

Additionally, a pandemic would likely result in 25,000 outpatient visits.


Pandemic Flu History:

The Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

The first pandemic of the 20th century is widely regarded as the deadliest disease in human history. Death estimates worldwide range from 20 million to more than 100 million. The following are some of the characteristics of the 1918 flu outbreak:

Pandemic Influenza
  • Outbreaks occurred simultaneously in Europe and several states in the United States.

  • The pandemic broke in two waves. The first, in the spring and summer of 1918, was highly contagious, but did not cause many deaths. The second wave crashed across the world with remarkable speed and lethality. The death rate was 10 times greater in the second wave than the first.

  • The flu infected about 25-30% of the world's population, striking every continent. One of the Spanish Flu's most troubling aspects was that most deaths occurred in people in "the prime of life," between 15 and 35 years old.

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Are You Ready for the Flu or Other Emergency?

Is your family, business, or organization ready for a pandemic outbreak? Plan now for an outbreak later. Use the information on the "Fact Sheets" and "Checklists" tabs to help you get started.


For more information, check out:
Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
from FEMA


Simple ways to keep the flu away:

Practice good flu hygiene now so that it becomes “second nature” if there is a pandemic flu outbreak:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing and sneezing

  • Wash your hands often

    • Use warm water and lots of soap!

    • Sing the Happy Birthday song two times while washing (about 20 seconds).

    • Rinse well and dry on a clean towel.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Do all you can to improve your health. The healthier you are, the more resistant your body is to disease. So it’s a better time than ever to quit smoking, improve your eating habits, exercise regularly, and get regular medical checkups and recommended immunizations.

  • Get vaccinated when vaccines become available.

  • Make a personal preparedness plan and kit: visit

Fact Sheets

Pandemic Flu

What is an Influenza Pandemic?
English | Español

Differences Between Seasonal and Pandemic Flu
English | Español

Food and Water in an Emergency
English | Español

Care of Pandemic Influenza Patients in the Home
English | Español

Preventing the Spread of Influenza in the Community 1976 Swine Flu Immunization Campaign
English | Español

Isolation and Quarantine
English | Español

Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers

Guidance for Healthcare Providers in an Office Setting

Guidelines and Recommendations for the Use of Masks
to Control Influenza Transmission

Fact Sheets for Businesses

Pandemic Flu Guidance for Non-Health Care Employers

Planning Checklists


Checklist for Families and Individuals
English | Español


Checklist for Businesses
English | Español


Checklist for Childcare Centers and Pre-schools

Checklist for K-12 Schools

Checklist for Colleges and Universities

Faith Based

Checklist for Faith-based Organizations
English | Español

Health Care

Checklist for Hospitals

Checklist for Medical Offices and Clinics

Checklist for Long-term Care and Other Residential Facilities

Checklist for Home Health Care Services

Checklist for Emergency Medical Services Workers


Checklist for State and Local Government Agencies

Law Enforcement

Checklist for Law Enforcement



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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

For Kids

Get your students involved with
"The Scrub Club"

Introduce your students to
"Henry the Hand"




Pandemic Flu: What You Need to Know
PowerPoint | pdf

Pandemic Influenza Briefing
PowerPoint | pdf

Planning Guides for Families

Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families


Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

World Health Organization

Handbook for Journalists

Business Continuity of Operations Planning

Business Continuity Planning Guide

Every Business Should Have a Plan

"No Ordinary Flu" Comicbook

English  Spanish

Emergency Supply Lists

English  Spanish

For Families
English  Spanish

For Seniors
English  Spanish

Flu Brochure

English  Spanish

Last Updated February 8, 2013 11:16 AM © 2008 South Central Public Health District