Prepare yourself for an influenza pandemic

Have a plan and be prepared in case you need to stay at home during a pandemic.

The Ministry of Health is working with the health sector and other government agencies to ensure New Zealand is as prepared as possible for a potential pandemic.

Staying at home

In a pandemic you may need to stay at home because:

  • you are sick
  • you are caring for a sick family or household member
  • you are caring for a dependant (for example, if schools close).

Get prepared

Here are some simple things you can do to make sure that you and your family/ whānau/ household are prepared for a pandemic.

Have a plan

Make a plan with family and friends that includes:

  • who will help with food and supplies if you and your household are ill
  • who will look after your extended family if they don’t live nearby (for example, who could deliver groceries or meals to sick family members)
  • who would look after your children/ dependents if they need to stay at home and you must go to work.

Think about whether you could work from home and what you would need to do this.

List key contacts

Have key contact numbers in a place that is easy to find (for example, on the fridge door).

Include the phone numbers of:

  • the people living nearby who you could call if you needed help
  • your doctor
  • HealthLine (freephone: 0800 611 116)
  • your workplace.

Build up your emergency supplies

Keep at least a week’s supply of food, tissues, and your usual medicines so you don’t need to make trips out in public.

You can read a list of suggested supply items to include in the pamphlet Getting ready for a flu pandemic – HealthEd website.

If you have an existing medical condition make sure that you:

  • don’t run out of your regular medications
  • take medications to keep any medical condition under control.

Find out more from the Ministry

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