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The kit should include fluids with electrolytes like Gatorade and Powerade -- fever reducers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen as well as cough and cold medication.
"Many of us have these items already in our homes, whether it`s in a closet or under lock and key.
But over the years, like last year you might have used them, they might have an expiration date on them.
Or you might not have certain items that you thought you had," Aaby said.
Aaby says the kit should also have items to prevent spreading the flu virus -- things like hand sanitizer, possibly even face masks, specifically the n95 mask, which federal officials now say that health care workers should be wearing.
"Many times we are in different places.
We don`t have water and soap available, so hand sanitizer is very important -- at least 60% alcohol based.
Purell is one of the examples of hand sanitizers," Aaby said.
And like in all emergency kits, make sure to have plenty of water and about two weeks worth of non-perishable foods.
Aaby said, "It`s really important to start planning ahead and to have these items in your house as a stockpile.
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