A brief handbook from Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department represents a clearly written, manageable introduction to pandemic influenza and personal preparedness for parents. The guide contains useful materials to help parents learn about the basics of pandemic flu. A helpful checklist of influenza symptoms aids parents in distinguishing between flu and colds. The guide also introduces and defines basic concepts such as isolation, quarantine, and respiratory hygiene. The materials offer concrete steps for how parents can prepare their family for a pandemic, plan for school closure, and stockpile items for children.