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“ ARE THE BIRDS SICK?” CHILD’S GUIDE TO THE BIRD FLU
WHAT IS THE BIRD FLU?
IT IS A SICKNESS OF POULTRY (CHICKENS) AND WATERFOWL ( GEESE, DUCKS)
And it has not yet been found in birds in the United States.
The bird flu rarely passes from birds to people But it is spreading very quickly from birds to other birds at this time.
Only birds and people who have very close contact with birds can get the bird flu.
Does it mean that my parakeet can give it to me?
As long as you keep your pet and its food and water inside, away from a place where outside birds may get it, it will not give it to you.
Can we get it from other animals? Right now scientists are unsure if you can catch the virus from other animals like cats, and dogs.
We need to remember :
This isn’t the same flu that people normally get.
Who is at Risk?
Right now you are not at risk unless you are a
Or a bird farmer
Or someone who handles chickens and other birds.
Right now the U.S. has not had any cases of the bird flu called H5N1
Why is everyone so concerned
There is very good reason.
The Virus appears to be spreading from birds in Asia to birds in other countries.
Unlike the regular flu there is no vaccine ( medicine) yet to protect people from catching it.
If possible the virus could change ( mutate) and become a kind of germ that could be easily passed from one person to another
Without a vaccine ( medicine) a lot of people around the world could get sick.
When a lot of people around the world get sick from fast spreading illness it is called Pandemic
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WORKING TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THE Bird Flu.
About 150 Million birds have been destroyed in countries where the infection has struck.
Medical Researchers are working on a vaccine that would protect people from catching bird flu, even if it started to spread to other people.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The answer is very easy
Wash your hands
WHY WASHING HANDS
Our hands carry Germs.
Do you know what Germs are?
“ Close your eyes and think of something very, very, tiny”
“ What tiny things did you think of?”
Germs are the smallest organisms.
They can only be seen through a microscope.
Are the smallest germs.
When you have a cold, that is a virus.
Are the most common germs.
Where can you Find Germs?
Germs can be found everywhere, but especially your hands. Our hands have so many germs because we touch so many things.
What are other ways that spreading germs can be stopped?
To Stop Germs:
Cover your sneeze and cough with a tissue.
Wash your hands
Do not touch used tissues
Keep objects away from and out of your mouth
Take a bath everyday
Wear clean clothes
Do not use someone else’s brush or comb
Think about your skin;
It plays a very important part in keeping us healthy. Our skin protects our body in the same way that a plastic sandwich bag keeps germs and dirt away from our lunch.
Sometimes, if our skin gets a ‘hole’ in it, like a cut or scrape, germs can get past the skin and into our body and blood and make us sick.
When we get sick, our body uses a part of our blood , cells called ‘white blood cells’ to fight off the germs.
Even though our body can most often fight off the germs, it is always best to avoid getting sick in the first place.
To help us stay healthy, what do you think we can do to help protect our skin?
To protect our skin we could:
Keep our skin clean by taking a bath and using soap each day.
Wash our clothes and put on clean clothes.
If we cut our skin, wash the cut with soap and water, and put a clean bandage over it. This helps the broken skin keep out the germs.
The number 1 way to protect our selves from germs is Hand washing!
The 3 steps to proper hand washing:
Wet your hands with water.
Use a squirt of soap and scrub the front and back of your hands, and between your fingers for 10 seconds. ( sing “Happy Birthday”).
Rinse and dry your hands.
What are Germs?
Germs are tiny little things that can sometimes make people get sick.
What are some things that you can do to stop germs?
To stop germs:
Wash your hands with soap.
Wash cuts with soap and water.
Cover a cut with a bandage
Cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue.
Take a bath using soap.
Wear clean clothes.
“ By washing your hands with soap and water and taking care of out bodies, we can help keep everyone from getting sick. The American Red Cross cares about you. We want you to stay healthy and safe! Don’t get sick. Wash up quick! The American Red Cross cares about you and your family!”