It is commonly assumed that should a severe Influenza Pandemic occur our health care system will collapse. A large part of the day-to-day struggle that First Responders will face during a severe pandemic is staying healthy and uninjured. The staying healthy part is somewhat under personal control.
Since potable (safe for consumption) water may be questionable at times during a severe pandemic, and sewage has been listed as "at risk" infrastructure as well, water bourne illnesses may explode in areas were we currently never give them a consideration.
Illnesses in general may go untreated and have a greater opportunity to get loose in the community, especially the First Responder community where citizens will be looking for help when the hospitals no longer function, or doctors are no longer available.
Given the reasonable assumptions of an explosion of communicable disease, at least in some areas, mainly cities, and the precarious safety of our water supplies during a severe pandemic, it is reasonable to go ahead and get the same vaccines NOW that are recommended for traveling to third-world countries. Luckily, these should be covered by the department's/municipality's health care plan.
My own son has received four so far... we are working on the list... not fast enough to suit me, but any progress on this front is a potential life saver, maybe his... maybe yours.
- Seasonal Influenza
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Hepatitis A and B
- Yellow Fever