Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flu resources are recommended by Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Brethren Disaster Ministries is recommending the following resources to Church of the Brethren congregations during the current flu outbreak. These resources may help congregations and church members better understand the outbreak, maintain good health and prevent the flu from spreading, and learn about ways churches may respond.

The following recommended resources come from a variety of sources including the federal government’s Pandemic Flu website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Disaster Relief. This list of resources also is provided online at

Recommended Resources:

General Information about Pandemic Flu:

General Swine Flu Information:

A Planning Guide for Churches:

The Role of Churches in a Pandemic Response:

Swine Flu Key Facts:

Swine Flu and You:

Swine Flu Video Podcast: (In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee of the CDC Influenza Division describes swine flu--its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.)

All You Have to Do Is Wash Your Hands Podcast: (This podcast teaches children how and when to wash their hands properly.)

The Flu: A Guide for Parents: (A downloadable resource offering questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more.)

Protecting Against the Flu: Advice for Caregivers of Children Less Than 6 Months Old:

Stopping Germs at Home, Work, and School:

Ounce of Prevention Campaign for Parents and Children:

BAM! Body and Mind: Teacher's Corner: (In this activity, students conduct an experiment on washing their hands. They will learn that "clean" hands may not be so clean after all, and the critical importance of washing their hands as a way to prevent the spread of disease.)

Cough Etiquette in Health Care Settings:

Scrub Club: (Children learn about health and hygiene and become members of the Scrub Club(tm). The site features an animated Webisode with seven "soaper-heros" who battle germs and bacteria. Children learn the six key steps to proper handwashing, a handwashing song, and interactive games. Also included are other children’s activities and educational materials.)

Source: 4/30/2009 Newsline Extra

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