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Prepared or Unprepared for Pandemic Flu?

Chappell, John Rodgers; Bridges, Debbie

doi: 10.1097/01.CNJ.0000348264.95643.27

for a pandemic flu outbreak? Is your family prepared? How about your church family? How can your faith community prepare for a flu outbreak?

Experts say it's not if a flu pandemic will occur, but when. Faith communities can play a critical role in helping people prepare, but are they? How can nurses help?

John Rodgers Chappell, BSN, RN, works in the emergency room at Cox Monett Hospital in Monett, Missouri, and is a graduate student at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Debbie Bridges, BSN, RN, has more than 20 years of nursing experience at Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri. She recently completed the FNP program at UMKC. She enjoys reading, gardening, antiques, traveling, and working as a volunteer firefighter.

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