The bird flu and rumors of a possible outbreak has everyone a little on edge these days. The good news is that even though your risk of becoming infected with the bird flu virus is very low, there is still plenty you and your family can do to prevent the bird flu from infecting your family. By being prepared for a possible outbreak today, you will be already taken care of if the rumors ever come to pass.The most important things you can do to prepare your family for a possible bird flu outbreak is to reinforce simple hygiene rules that most people are aware of from the time they can walk and talk.

You should wash your hands with soap and water before and after a meal or using a public restroom. This is a basic rule that should be followed not only to prevent the bird flu, but to prevent other viruses from spreading as well, like the flu.

If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then throw it away. This will prevent the virus from spreading. Also, after you finish coughing or sneezing wash your hands with soap and water.

Finally, if you are sick with any type of virus you should stay home. Do not try to tough it out at work or school because you will end up infecting everyone around you causing the virus to spread exponentially.

If there is a bird flu outbreak you should be prepared by stocking up on canned food, powdered milk and other non-perishable food items. This is because if an outbreak were to occur grocery and other food stores would most likely close. Being prepared for that situation will prevent your family from starving. This is good idea not only for a bird flu outbreak, but also for any other type of natural disaster that may occur in your area like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tsunamis.

Other things to stock up on would include any first aid, over the counter medication, and health supplies. If you have young children you will want to have a back up supply of baby diapers and food. It is also a good idea to have vitamins and electrolytes on hand to prevent malnutrition.

Besides food and first aid supplies you will want to have plenty of batteries of various sizes, as well as flashlights and candles. This will prepare you for any situation where you experience blackouts.

Having face masks on hand for your entire family, may or may not save you from the bird flu. The best face masks available are the N-95 kind. They have a 95% chance of blocking out the bird flu or any other type of virus. If you are treating someone who has the bird flu it is recommended that you wear one, but scientists cannot be sure that face masks really do anything. For example, face masks were worn during the 1918 epidemic of influenza but the virus still spread.

Being prepared for the bird flu or any other type of outbreak and natural disaster will allow you to put your mind to rest.

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