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40,000 Marin Schoolkids Get Bird Flu Warning
Health officials recently sent 40,000 fliers home with Marin County schoolchildren warning parents to prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic in California. ...The flier sent home with school students warns that if an avian flu pandemic were to hit California, thousands or perhaps millions could become very sick.
"All of us in public health are quite concerned," said Dr. Fred Schwartz, the county's chief health officer. "We may find a situation where 30 to 40 percent of people are becoming infected. That translates to 30 to 40 percent absenteeism at businesses, utilities, schools and the health care sector."
Taking emergency guidelines established by the President himself, Marin is among several Bay Area counties that have begun preparing to distribute avian flu literature to the public, even though there is no immediate threat of a global pandemic. ...The fliers sent home with Marin's schoolkids urge families to stock up not on the usual 72 hours of emergency supplies but rather two weeks' supply of food and water, extra prescription drugs, and over-the-counter cold and flu medications.
Originally posted by marg6043
Having people aware and ready, works better than last minute braking news anytime.