The Bird Flu Preparedness Planner: Practical Advice About the Impending Pandemic

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A new book The Bird Flu: Preparedness Planner by Dr. Grattan Woodson gives practical information readers need to prepare themselves and their families for this deadly pandemic.

Dr. Grattan Woodson has been studying the bird flu since 1997 and says that the question is not if a pandemic will happen, but when. The questions we need to ask ourselves, says Woodson, are "Would I be ready? Do I have what it takes to survive?"

Dr. Woodson first wrote, The Bird Flu: Preparedness Planner (HCI Books - $4.95) as a manual to alert his patients and their families to this growing health threat and to provide practical guidance on how to survive it. Though it is not known if the avian flu will be a major pandemic like the 1918 flu which killed 50 million people worldwide, or a "minor" one like the 1957 flu pandemic, Dr Woodson’s advice is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

In The Bird Flu: Preparedness Planner Woodson provides facts, not fiction; science not scare tactics. The first few sections offers background information about the influenza virus, with special attention on the 1918 Spanish Flu, the last major pandemic.

The second half of the book gives practical suggestions and preparedness plans that can be put in place now given the extremely disruptive effect a major pandemic would have on society and essential services. There are some essential foods, medicines and supplies suggested for the home, and decisions people would need to make in the event the unthinkable happens. Woodson also offers medical advice for both laypeople and medical professionals who find themselves caring for those stricken with the avian flu.

As the world saw during Hurricane Katrina, many people suffered because they trusted their care to others. The reality is, in most crisis situations, it's the people who are prepared, not panicked, who survive. In The Bird Flu: Preparedness Planner, the author gives the concrete and practical information readers need to prepare.

About the Authors

Grattan Woodson, M.D., FACP is an attending physician at the David Oaks Health Center in Decatur, Georgia, and a former full-time faculty member of the Emory University School of Medicine. He has studied the avian influenza virus since the first reported human case in 1997. He originally authored this book to prepare his patients for what could become a worldwide catastrophic event.

David Jodfrey, Ph.D. (editor) has taught psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and at Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Research Associate at the School of Public Health.

To order directly from the publisher:

Telephone: (800) 441-5569 or online at http://tinyurl.com/cfehh
ISBN: 0-7573-0498-2, $4.95

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Kim Weiss (800) 851- 9100 x 212

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