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Monday, February 2, 2009

Flu Pandemic Stock Up List

What kinds of things should you store away for a possible flu pandemic? Keep in mind that there are other possible threats too. We could have some kind of bio warfare in the future that causes some unknown sickness. You could also just be isolated somewhere without medical help - so it’s good to think about these things ahead of time and stock up. My husband still wants to know why we have three bottles of hydrogen peroxide and so many bandages, but I know if the time comes, he’ll thank me! Here’s my list - alter for your own needs, but make a list and start to stock up little by little as you can afford it. You might also want to educate yourself by taking a basic first aid class, and also researching home remedies to be used in an emergency.

Flu Pandemic Stock Up List:


Adult Diapers

Anti-bacterial Wipes

Baby Wipes

Chamomile Tea

Chlorine Bleach

Cool Mist Humidifier (it’s better if you have more than one)

Extra Humidifier Filters

Expectorant Cough Syrup (this is the “Tussin” type)

Face Masks (whichever kind you decide to stock up on)

Hand Sanitizer

Heating Pad

Hydrogen Peroxide (disinfectant)


Isopropyl Alcohol (disinfectant and can be used to cool down patient)


Latex Gloves

Lip Balm


Lubricating Eye Drops



Disposable Shower Cap (can be worn multiple times)

Trash Bags

Vitamin C (stock up on chewable and powder also, sick people sometimes can’t swallow pills)

You may also want to keep some of the following around as they are very effective antiviral, with little side effects:

Apple Juice - Fresh apple juice is best.

Cranberry Juice - Research shows this makes viruses less able to multiply.

Garlic - Best if crushed raw and consumed within 1 hour. 2-3 cloves per day and then cut back until no body odor occurs.

Green Tea - May have antiviral activity similar to Tamiflu.

St. John’s Wort - Has shown effectiveness in Vietnamese flocks infected with Bird Flu.

Tea Tree Oil - When used as a steam inhalation will relieve congestion and fight infections.

Vitamin E - Acts as an immune system booster. Very effective when taken with Vitamin C.

Please remember to consult with your doctor before trying any of these remedies. Also, although they appear relatively safe, natural remedies may interfere with medications, so use caution. Adult dosages are not safe for children, so stock up appropriate medications for your kids too.

Keep in mind that Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide and Isopropyl Alcohol deteriorate rapidly. You will not be able to store these for longer than a couple months. So, if you won’t use it in rotation, stock up a minimal amount. A good defense is always soap and water, which both have longer shelf lives. Also keep in mind that regular aspirin taken in large doses is not good for influenza patients.

This list does not include everything you should stock up on for first aid in your home, but it’s a good list of items that can be used when nursing those with the flu. Think about preventative measure also, good nutrition, hydration and adequate rest. Keep yourself and your family away from others as much as possible. The best cure is prevention and preparation.

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