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Swine Flu Survival Kit - Be Prepared for an Outbreak

Updated on November 26, 2010

Health experts warn that we could be hit by a second wave of swine flu this fall, and recommend creating an emergency swine flu survival kit. These supplies will help keep you alive and safe in case of a severe swine flu outbreak.

How to Make a Swine Flu Survival Kit

The first thing you need in your swine flu emergency supplies is a standard first aid kit. If you have one already, compare it to the list below to make sure it is complete, and be sure to check the expiration date on any medications. If you do not yet have a first aid kit, here is what you will need:


  • Antihistamines (diphenhydramine and/or loratadine) for allergic reactions
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and/or aspirin)
  • Antidiarrhea medications (loperamide)
  • Antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, etc)

Note: Avoid multi-symptom treatments and remedies.  Shop for medications by active ingredient, not by brand name or the condition for which they are recommended.

Basic First Aid

  • first-aid manual
  • bandages
  • gauze
  • disposable gloves
  • scissors
  • medical tape
  • thermometer
  • tweezers
  • antiseptic wipes
  • antibiotic ointment
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • burn ointment
  • calamine lotion
  • cold packs
  • eye-wash solution

For a flu outbreak...

For emergencies, you should always have 3 days of non-perishable food items on hand, as well as one gallon of bottled water per person per day.  However, the recommendations for a swine flu emergency kit are even greater, in case of an outbreak where people may have to isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the disease.  In addition to your first aid kit, you should have:

  • Two weeks' supply of non-perishable food for your family
  • Two weeks' bottled water for your family (one gallon per person per day)
  • Fever reducers (acetominophen, ibuprofen, naproxen)
  • Cold medications (chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine, oxymetazoline, pseudoephedrine)
  • Throat lozenges with honey, glycerin, or dyclonine
  • Electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, Powerade) for hydration
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) to sanitize hands if soap and water are not available
  • Surgical masks with an N-95 rating or higher (will need to be changed frequently)

In Case of Emergency

Make sure you have your swine flu survival kit (including first aid and medications) all in one place, easily accessible, and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is.  Consider other special needs your family might have, such as a stockpile of prescription medication.  The prospect of a swine flu outbreak may be scary, but once you have everything together, you can feel a little safer and more prepared in the face of possible emergency.


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    • almasi profile image


      8 years ago

      Good hub, great advice.

    • kazeemjames01 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very informative. It's sure meant to help humanity. Well done.

    • Vandelay profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Great Hub, as always. I think that all families should have a survival kit exactly as you have explained even if there isn't a pandemic. As my old friend used to say, "We don't need to be afraid, we just all need to be prepared."

    • jaymelee23 profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Great info on Swine Flu... you could ad some amazon capsules to this hub.. they sell that stuff on there.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice! Thanks for putting together that info.

      During the first outbreak, my dorm got a couple of cases, and everyone FREAKED OUT! My friends even started avoiding me- it was pretty hilarious.

      Back then, I said that if I got swine flu, I'd die laughing, but I do see that it's nice to be prepared. I'll take your advice to heart!

    • FCEtier profile image


      8 years ago from Cold Mountain

      I work in a college town and last Sept. (2009) we had over 70 cases of flu the opening week of classes. The infirmary on campus didn't have the financial resources to test every patient, so they treated every case as if it were the swine flu.

      We're still in the habit of using hand sanitizer 40 times a day! LOL I think the flu made my pharmacy staff OCD!

    • writer83 profile image


      8 years ago from Cyber Space

      Great advice:- )

    • Albertttt profile image


      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed your hub.

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      Jawa Lunk 

      9 years ago

      I love this hub!!! I wish there was a way to connect it to mine LOL very relevant...THANKS!

    • thaninja profile image


      9 years ago from America

      Yes - preparation is the key for everyone. We are all responsible for ourselves.

    • happysoul profile image


      9 years ago from Bangladesh

      Great tips Maddie. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Turning Point 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the supply list. Everyone should have this ready all the time!

    • emdi profile image


      9 years ago

      Well written hub. Thanks. I am looking forward to read more of your hubs

    • MercuryNewsOnline profile image


      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Very relevant topic. As the saying goes: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

    • KyonSOS23 profile image


      9 years ago from Nabon

      My children can't get medicine Swine Flu because it's bitter.I must mixed something's sweet with medicine.

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      vital life id 

      9 years ago from Utah

      Go and get your medical records, insurance information, Wills and everything else to put in with that emergency kit. If something happens and you need to take someone to the hospital have everything ready so that there is no delay with the treatment. The only reason I urge people to prepare these things as well is because you need to first make sure that you are aware of your own situation and what your risks and susceptibilities could be, but secondly because if this gets as bad as they say it could, hospitals and doctors are going to screaming busy. The more information you have on hand the easier it will be for them to treat you and the less likely that they make a mistake. Protect yourself and be prepared.

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      9 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

      Good advise, great hub. I am very skeptical of the vaccinations though. If it's true about what they put in it, I don't think anyone would be taking it. I was also told about the long term effects that come about from these type of vaccinations. I think the best thing we can do, is be as healthy as we can so that our body's can fight it off naturally. As for the first aid kits and food, good advise!

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      Mac Mission 

      9 years ago from bangalore

      Yes swine flu is spreading fastly. Even Bollywood actress Aiswarya roy is suffering from flu.

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      9 years ago

      Great hub, although I certainly hope this second wave doesn't come to fruition. I do worry when my kids go back to school. Viruses spread like the Plague.

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      I must say this outbreak Is starting to get just a bit worrisome . Good advice here . After sneaking by In a couple of earthquakes ,one especially where I thought It was my last day . I am much better with disaster preparedness now .Good educational hub .

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good tips. something to have around whether or not there is swine flu.

    • 2patricias profile image


      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We suggest that you have a thermometer to hand, in case you want to do a temperature check on someone with suspected swine flu.


      We've heard that some shops are selling out of thermometers.

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      Divya Devarajan 

      9 years ago from India

      Swine Flu Survival its needed now days coz here in india reported so many cases and spreading whole over the world..

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Excellent information Maddie---hopefully, we won't have to use these items!!!

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      Sandra Mireles 

      9 years ago from Texas

      This is excellent and timely information. Great idea for a hub and we need this information.

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      Kristi Maloney 

      9 years ago

      Hi Maddie,

      This is well written and very timely. I was just thinking about getting the kids their vaccinations in the fall...Channel 5 news just reported yesterday that two teenagers (brother and sister)recently died from the Swine Flu, which is just a tragedy for one family to deal with. Scary, scary stuff.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, right Maddie? This is a great idea for a hub, as many people are very fearful of an epidemic. Thanks for sharing!


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