The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care works with local public health units and healthcare providers to prepare for a flu pandemic:

  • monitor flu in Ontario and in the rest of the world
  • stockpile antiviral drugs and equipment
  • deploy drugs and protective equipment to where they are needed quickly
  • develop emergency plans for delivering healthcare services
  • administer vaccines as they become available

Hazard information

Pandemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads throughout the global population.

Pandemics may arise from a new strain of influenza. Since the virus is new, the human population is likely to have little to no immunity against it.

Safety tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for about 15 seconds, including:
    • before and after eating
    • after you have been in a public place
    • after using the washroom
    • after coughing and sneezing
    • after touching surfaces that other people also touch.
  • Stay healthy by eating well, drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise and plenty of rest.
  • Get your annual flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Prepare now

Add these items to your emergency survival kit:

  • alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s between 60 and 90% alcohol
  • medicines for headaches, coughs and fevers
  • thermometer
  • anti-diarrheal medication
  • drinks with electrolytes