Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's a matter of .......preparation

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What do you think this might be? Old candy from under the car seat? Pebbles on the road?

"No" to all of the above. This is what the H1N1 Virus looks like. It looks pretty benign, but it isn't. Here are some recent stats from Utah (Courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare):

Public health is reporting:

292 hospitalized cases of Pandemic A (H1N1) flu, 14 new cases have been reported to public health since July 15, and only 6 cases had onset of symptoms in the past week. (Note: there may be a delay in reporting some cases to public health).

16 individuals have died (one in the past week).

Influenza-like illness (ILI) rates in Utah for the last week are below the epidemic threshold.

At this time, all indicators suggest that the outbreak has declined in Utah.

Risk factors:
People at highest risk of illness from pandemic A (H1N1) influenza include:
People between the ages of 5 and 44 years
Pregnant women
People who are obese or morbidly obese
People with chronic lung or heart disease.

This may not seem like a big concern today, but 14 cases reported since last week? Do you need more information? Consider the following information. The following link takes you to a fact sheet for more information and what you should do if you are exposed to H1N1 Virus:

The Autumn will be upon us very soon, which reportedly is the time when we most likely will see a resurgence of H1N1. Take the opportunity to look at the supplies you might need should a family member become ill. Prepare for a possible quarantine. This actually occurred in the East this past spring.

Elder L. Tom Perry in the October 1995 General Conference:

"I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness... We have been instructed to follow at least four requirements in preparing for that which is to come. Gain an adequate education, Live within your income, Avoid unnecessary debt, Store a reserve of food and supplies... As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and obtain a year supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness."

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