Flu & Pandemic

  • Allergy & Flu News

    Vaccine Strategy Induces Antibodies that Can Target Multiple Influenza Viruses...

    Allergy-InstituteScientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have identified three types of vaccine-induced antibodies that can neutralize diverse strains of influenza virus that infect humans. The discovery will help guide development of a universal influenza vaccine, according to investigators. The findings appear in the July 21st online edition of Cell. Learn more & also read: Allergy Treatment & Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

    X-ray crystal structure image of one of the newly-identified antibodies X-ray crystal structure image of one of the newly-identified antibodies
  • World TB Day: End Tuberculosis

    We can end TB.
    Meeting the survivors and supporters we witness harsh truths and deplorable injustice; a treatable disease killing so many. Uniting our collective strength gets us closer to resolution. We can confront stigma, create urgency, activate support and push for progress.

    With advocacy, perseverance and passion we can reach everyone who needs treatment, build stronger communities and celebrate success that saves lives. TB is not just another global statistic it equals lives at threat. It is humanity’s problem to solve. For our children. For our future. For all of us. We deserve to be free of this disease. Let’s End TB.TB-Day

    World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.


    Protect yourself against the risk of Tuberculosis exposure. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding prevention of Tuberculosis. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a poster available to serve as a daily reference.

    More reading: TB: Know about TuberculosisTuberculosis – TB Safety and InformationTB may resist, but it can be beatenTB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People

    TB-Red-ArrowThe Red Arrow: A Symbol to Unite Us Against TB

    The Red Arrow is a symbol for our goal: a world without TB. It represents our unwavering commitment to move forward with this mission until we reach the finish line. Because despite its devastating impact as the world’s leading infectious killer, there is still the troubling fact that most people in the world think of TB as a disease of the past.

    The Red Arrow was developed with the input of thousands of partners in the TB community. The symbol belongs to no single organization, person, tagline, or agenda. It represents our unity against TB, and it’s in your hands to shape, mold, and give meaning to.

  • Zika Outbreak Escalation

    zika_mmwr_buttonWhile the Zika Virus is still not a major concern in the US, the CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.

    CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

    • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
    • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
    • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
    • Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.

    Q & A on Zika    Areas with Zika    Also Read: Mosquitoes Kill

  • Mosquitoes Kill

    Mosquitoes are responsible for more deaths than any other creature on the planet.

    This comes to mind at present because of the current Zika Scare, but it has been a known fact for a long time.

    Mosquitoes are harbingers of death - they carry West Nile VirusDengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, La Crosse Encephalitis, and many other gnarly diseases.


    More reading: World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO BITES?

    It is almost inevitable that when in the outdoors, insects will be present. While they may not be harmful, an insect bite can be irritating and bothersome. Our Insect Repellents are effective in keeping the bugs away while our Sting Relief Pads soothe itching associated with bites that you couldn't prevent. These are great to have available in first aid kits, or packed up in your camping supplies.

  • Achoo

    Cold & Flu Season - Snot fun.

    Are you ready for the sniffles, fevers, coughs and aches of the season?

    Time to review the basics again.

    Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

    Foods that help Fight the Flu

    Flu Fighters

    The CDC says:

    You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
      Wash them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses that cause colds can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
      Viruses that cause colds can enter your body this way and make you sick.
    • Stay away from people who are sick
      Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold through close contact with others.
    Help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washing hands often with soap and water.

    If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to prevent spreading it to other people:

    • Stay at home while you are sick
    • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
    • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing
    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose
    • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and objects such as toys and doorknobs

    There is no vaccine to protect you against the common cold.

    How to Feel Better

    cough-coldThere is no cure for a cold. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use medications as directed. Talk to your doctor before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines, since some medicines contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Learn more about symptom relief.

    Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily. Learn more about when antibiotics work.

    When to See a Doctor

    You should call your doctor if you or your child has one or more of these conditions:

    • a temperature higher than 100.4° F
    • symptoms that last more than 10 days
    • symptoms that are severe or unusual

    If your child is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever, you should always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend therapy to help with symptoms.

  • What is Permethrin?

    With the Zika Buzz going on, a lot of our readers and customer are asking "What is Permethrin?"

    0006-7600 Ben's Clothing and Gear contains 0.5% Permethrin to kill biting insects on contact.

    (CDC recommends treating clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items to avoid mosquito bites.)

    Important is that there are no known risks to pregnancy from permethrin!

    According to the National Pesticide Information Center:

    Permethrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals that act like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Permethrin is used in a number of ways to control insects. Products containing permethrin may be used in public health mosquito control programs. They may be used on food and feed crops, on ornamental lawns, on livestock and pets, in structures and buildings, and on clothing. Permethrin may also be used in places where food is handled, such as restaurants. Permethrin was first registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1979, and was re-registered in 2006.

    Permethrin can affect insects if they eat it or touch it. Permethrin affects the nervous system in insects, causing muscle spasms, paralysis and death. Permethrin is more toxic to insects than it is to people and dogs. This is because insects can't break it down as quickly as people and dogs. Cats are more sensitive to permethrin than dogs or people because it takes their bodies a long time to break it down.


    1. a synthetic insecticide of the pyrethroid class, used chiefly against disease-carrying insects.

    Ben's Clothing and Gear Spray contains 0.5% Permethrin to kill biting insects on contact. Apply to your clothing and gear before your trip for an extra level of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, and other insects. The formula bonds to the fibers in fabric for protection that lasts up to two weeks. Each bottle contains enough repellent to treat two complete outfits or one set of gear.


    • Kills on Contact
    • Stay bug free with a second line of defense
    • Lasting Protection
    • Stays on fabric for up to two weeks
    • Protect your Gear
    • Keep mosquitoes and ticks off of your clothes and out of your tent


  • Zika Scare

    There's a lot of hype around the Zika Virus, and just like when everyone was panicking over Ebola last year, there'a a lot of media exaggeration, social rumor, and misinformation out there.

    What is Zika? Zika virus disease exhibits symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

    Is it dangerous? Yes. Primarily in that it causes serious risk to unborn children, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

    How do you avoid Zika Virus? Both the CDC and WHO recommend EPA approved insect repellents to repel mosquitoes as they are the main carrier of the disease.

    Other point for Zika prevention from the CDC:

    • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
    • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
    • insectrepellents-animatedUse Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
      • Always follow the product label instructions
      • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
      • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
    • If you have a baby or child:
      • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
      • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or
      • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
      • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
    • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
      • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
      • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

     Interesting related readingWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsChoose Your Cover,

  • Groundhog Day Sale!!!

    Image of punxsutawney phil and big title reading: Long cold winter. Groundhog day saleThat’s rightGroundhog Day is a week away, and until it happens, we know not when winter 2016 will end.
    It is already bitter cold in many areas, wet and flooding in others, and who-knows-what still lies in store for Americans this cold and blustery season?To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off all these great Winter Items you need now through Groundhog Day! Enter Code “IAMNOTACHIPMUNK” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

    Image displaying stack of winter safety training booklets, a winter safety training pack with dvd and informational binder, and also a big bold title reading: dont be left in the cold. practice winter safety

    "Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring." While Groundhog Day is a lighthearted movie about a fun winter rite, the reality is that - just as in days gone by - Winter is still Deadly and Dangerous Today.

    Groundhog Day is February 2 and has been celebrated since 1887. On Groundhog Day, crowds gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow after emerging from his burrow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter weather. (Originally, in many locations where this was observed with less famous groundhogs than Phil, the way it worked was that if the day was cloudy when a groundhog emerged from its burrow on this day, then it would indicate an early Spring; if it was sunny, the groundhog would supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather would then persist for six more weeks. Some say that the tradition has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear was the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The custom also has strong similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc (the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication.)

    Get ready for a long Winter with all the great Winter Safety Needs above and learn more by reading our Winter Safety Articles.

    If you don't "get" the quotes above… you really need to watch the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray – always good for a chuckle.

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    Clever Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Fine Print

    Available Online or Toll Free – This sale ends at Midnight on Groundhog Day! (2/2/16) While this is a Winter Sale, and applies to all the recommended Winter Items above, there are oh-so-many other items we offer that apply to Winter Readiness (for instance, you can’t be ready for Winter Exigencies without a First Aid Kit…) so we are making this discount available site-wide on all our products, except Laerdal, Simulaids, and Oxygen Items!
    Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

  • Cold Enough to Catch a Cold

    cough-coldHere we are, deep into Cold & Flu Season, and thus far everyone has seemed to do a pretty good job of avoiding any serious ailments. Now BAM! The temperatures drop and it's wet outside.

    Are you ready to stay well?

    Here are some great articles about avoiding, treating, and minimizing the spread of Wintertime Colds, Coughs, and Flu:

    ... Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

    ... Cough, Cold, Runny Nose

    ... Flu Time

    ... Flu Fighters

    ... Spotting the Cold or Flu

    ... Foods that help Fight the Flu

    ... The Flu and YOU!

  • Pathogens

    Pathogenic Microorganisms... sounds like either cool science, or science-fiction/horror, eh?

    BBPBloodborne Pathogens are a common concern in medical, as well as First Aid practices.

    Different types of Pathogen protections including Antimicrobial Wipes, Bloodborne Protection, Disinfectants, Fluid Control Solidifiers, BBP & Personal Protection Kits, Germicidal Wipes, Personal Protection Products & Sharps Disposal. Many of our Customers are asking about Ebola Prevention and Protection.

    HIV? BBP!

    Fighting against Airborne Pathogens includes protecting the eyes, nose, and mouth from contact as well as guarding against germs. We offer kits to prevent the spread of germs and pathogens as well as masks to adequately protect the face from contamination. Pandemic illnesses, such as Ebola, can outbreak at any given time, making active preparedness crucial!

    PEOPLE. PATHOGENS. PROTECTION: The biggest challenges are always the unknowns–the things we can’t predict, which seem to come out of nowhere and command our attention. I was called to Vietnam in 2003 when SARS struck... Not every outbreak grabs the headlines like SARS and Ebola. There are many diseases which rarely get talked about in the media, but which could be just as devastating if left unchecked. These diseases appear every day in all corners of the globe. You can think of it like a game of whack-a-mole – as soon as you bring down the hammer in one direction, something else pops up. We were focusing our resources on Ebola in West Africa, but we couldn’t let our guard down against all of these other diseases. In 2014 alone, CDC’s Global Disease Detection Centers assisted countries with 319 outbreaks. Only one of these was Ebola.... Read more from Joel Montgomery, PhD @ CDC



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