Even kids need to be ready for pandemic flu. That's the message of new materials from APHA's Get Ready campaign that feature information aimed at helping children prepare for pandemic flu and other emerging infectious diseases.
The Get Ready Kids Fun Site features a kid-friendly, easy-to-understand guide to pandemic flu and preparedness with tips on creating an emergency kit and staying healthy. The site also offers games -- such as brain teasers and word scrambles -- a family preparedness checklist and links to other kid- and parent-friendly Web sites. Visitors are welcome to download, copy and pass out the materials or to link to them from their Web sites and blogs.
"Involving kids in creating an emergency kit can be a fun and easy way to teach them about preparedness, and having those supplies on hand will make a world of difference if a disease outbreak or disaster occurs," said Susan Polan, PhD, APHA's associate executive director.
The new Kids Fun Site is the latest addition to tools available through APHA's Get Ready campaign, which is working to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases. The campaign features a Web site, podcasts, a news Twitter and free downloadable fact sheets, among other resources.