‘Know What’s True about the Flu’

knowwhatstrueTo improve communication with NJACCHO stakeholders, including the general public, part of a $2.4 million grant from the State Department of Health and Senior Services in January helped fund this NJACCHO website; a video, “Pandemic Influenza: A Guide to Home Preparedness”; and, in conjunction with the New Jersey Immunization Network, the production and distribution of a tool kit for public health professionals.


The tool kit, “Know What’s True about the Flu,” includes English and Spanish versions of reports, fact sheets, posters, video public service announcements, customizable PowerPoint slide presentations, and QR links to additional resources.

Explore the Tool Kit Resources [click here]


Following are the videos from this new tool kit




What Can You Do?    

Every year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States with respiratory and heart conditions stemming from seasonal flu, and tens of thousands of people die from related complications.

Those most at risk are young children and adults over the age of 65.  In the New Jersey Health Officers Association’s informative video, “Pandemic Influenza: A Guide to Home Preparedness,” we give you the facts about the dangers of flu—but more importantly, we give you helpful tips about how to protect yourself from this highly contagious disease.

Flu Tips

When it’s flu season, here are five ways to help you avoid catching the flu:

  1.  Get vaccinated when vaccine is available.
  2. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face.
  3. Cough and sneeze into your elbow and cover your mouth and nose completely.
  4. Avoid crowds when possible.
  5. If you have flu symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with healthy people until your contagious period has passed.

Emergency Preparedness:  Ready Together New Jersey

In addition, New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services has created a booklet, “Ready Together New Jersey,” as a family guide for emergency preparedness. The booklet is available in English and Spanish; download it and keep it handy.

Following are highlights from “Ready Together New Jersey” about steps you can take for your family.To prepare for an emergency, NJDHSS recommends that you first compile an emergency kit that will provide you with the basics in the event you are without water, electricity, or other essential services for a few days.

Your emergency kit should include:


  • Three days’ worth of water: one gallon per person per day
  • Canned foods, dried fruits, and granola bars
  • Pet food and water
  • Manual can opener
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • One blanket and one flashlight per person
  • An extra set of keys, a credit card, and cash or traveler’s checks
  • Battery-powered radio plus extra batteries
  • Paper goods and personal hygiene products
  • Important family documents, such as copies of birth certificates, in a waterproof container
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
  • Cash in small denominations
  • A First Aid Kit containing:
    • Adhesive bandages and gauze pads, assorted sizes
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Antibacterial ointment
    • Tweezers, scissors and a thermometer
    • Soap
    • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers
    • Antacid
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Laxative

Find Out Where to Go and What to Do

  • Know your local TV and radio emergency broadcasting stations; tune in for information and emergency instructions.
  • Find out if your community has a system of warning signals and what you should do when you hear them.
  • In certain emergencies, the state will use its telephone notification system, known as reverse 9-1-1, to call into homes to notify residents of a specific alert. Find out whether your municipality has such a system and sign up for it, listing your cell phone number and your land line.
  • Find out from your municipality whether you live on an emergency evacuation route; if so, you’re required to move vehicles off the street for snowplowing or a fire in the area.
  • If you have questions about specific health emergencies, contact your local health department. Representatives will have up-to-date information about disease incidents in your area. You can find a Directory of Local Health Departments on the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website, www.state.nj.us/health .

Create a Personal Action Plan

Your personal action plan is your investment in family security. Phone lines may be down; circuits may be busy. Plan ahead.

  • Identify a meeting place for your family near your home and another outside your neighborhood.
  • Pick an out-of-state friend and another who lives near you as your family’s contacts.
  • Develop a contact list for every family member, including work, school, and cell phone numbers.
  • Give your family’s contact information to your family contacts.
  • Post clear directions to your home in a convenient location in the event you need to call emergency services.
  • Show each family member how to turn off water, gas, and electricity.
  • Find out how your children’s schools will handle emergency situations.
  • Give the school your contact information, including that of both your friends.
  • Learn where students will be taken if they are evacuated, how the school will notify you, and how you will meet your child.

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