This “flu survival kit” is not specifically created for SHTF situations, but, it is a good list of items to make sure you have on hand in the event that you have to deal with flus during a period where you may not have access to these flu-fighting items.
….To be prepared, Katz recommends putting together at-home flu kit of over-the-counter medications to ease your symptoms.
But first, he says, there are a couple of things to keep in mind……
To start your flu kit, Katz recommends a fever and pain reliever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin).
…..Next, you’ll need a thermometer to track your fever.
You’ll also want to push fluids……
…..He recommends drinks to replenish lost electrolytes, like Pedialyte for children and sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade for adults, although Katz says they’re high in sugar……
Your flu kit should also contain something for a chest congestion, like an expectorant.
Katz recommends a Mucinex, or something with guaifenesin, to help you cough up phlegm in your chest.
And, while you’re at it, he says, grab nasal decongestant that can help with a stuffy nose and sinus pain.
“The Sudafed, or the equivalent, pseudoephedrine, behind the counter, I do recommend that, in a lot of cases,” Katz says. “It’s a nasal decongestant. Taking an antihistamine will dry up (those symptoms) for some people.”
For a runny nose, postnasal drip, or watery eyes, a non-sedating antihistamine like Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec can help, Katz says.