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What You Need in a Swine Flu Survival Kit

As the U.S. prepares for a possible second wave of H1N1 or swine flu, Consumer Reports as issued instructions for packing a swine flu survival kit.

The report is available in the September 2009 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

In case the second wave of swine flu is severe enough to necessitate staying indoors, Consumer Reports suggests people should pack a swine flu survival kit in advance.

You will need:

• A two-week supply of food and water.

•Fever reducers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

•Cough and cold medications containing chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine, oxymetazoline, and pseudoephedrine and lozenges with dyclonine, glycerin, or honey

•Electrolyte drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade.

•Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, to kill viruses when soap and water aren’t available.

•Surgical masks with an FDA rating of at least N-95 to help prevent spreading the flu.

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