- Avian Bird Flu, H5N1 Virus (7)
- Facemasks and Respirators - Pandemic Planning (4)
- Seasonal Flu Viruses and Preparation (5)
- Vaccines for Seasonal Flu and other Influenza (8)
CDC's official web pages on Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) are now archived for historical value. Recommendations, their investigation reports, status in US, Mexico and other countries, and the most recent travel recommendations.
Report by Trust for America's Health examines the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu season and vaccination rates by age group, state and ethnicity. Published Nov. 2010. PDF is 22 pages
Official U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information, managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Includes world map of confirmed cases, the North American Plan for Swine, Avian & Pandemic Influenza, and information on the FluChip (see TESTS), the gene chip for influenza diagnosis. Defines seasonal flu vs. swine (H1N1) flu, vs. bird flu vs. pandemic flu
The Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project (through Univ. of MN) developed recommendations regarding priorities and distribution of scarce resources in the event of a severe pandemic. Pub. 2010
The US Department of Health & Human Services' National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) has put together this fact sheet on pandemic influenza. Even though the web page was last updated August 2004, it links to additional information that reflect recent publications, such as seasonal flu vaccines. Read about Drift and Shift
OSHA's guide to help hospitals and employees get ready and respond to an influenza pandemic addresses clinical information about influenza, infection control and hand hygiene, employee vaccination, protective equipment, self-triage guidelines if you have flu symptoms, and more. Practical and well-referenced; 103 pages; updated for 2009
Find out what you can do to help plan for a pandemic - like store a two-week supply of food, water and your usual prescription drugs; plan to stay at home at least 10 days if you are sick and expect that others in your family may also be asked to stay home. Learn how to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection. See Plan Now to be Ready, in the Community Planning links
CDC's official guidance on taking care of a person (at home) who is sick with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus. Describes the flu symptoms, how it spreads from person to person, appropriate over-the-counter medication (e.g. Tylenol), when to see a doctor, how to protect yourself and others in the home, using facemasks, cleaning, laundry and waste disposal. S-OIV stands for swine-origin influenza virus. Now in historical archive
The World Health Organization (WHO) page on Swine Flu H1N1, worldwide. See the latest information in individual countries. They also track disease outbreaks, Epidemic & Pandemic Alerts, of all types.
Project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, helps enhance public health preparedness for an influenza pandemic and conserve resources by sharing promising practices from all over the United States. Sources compiled by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota
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H1N1 Flu Outbreak Resources from the American Hospital Association (AHA) include links to state health departments, legal information, and the Institute of Medicine's 2-page summary of respiratory protection for healthcare staff
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Easy to use topic list. The CDC is one of the 13 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves
Click on Rapid Diagnostic Testing to see CDC's Influenza Diagnostic Table for information about turnaround time for influenza lab tests. Site is definitely geared to health professionals
Summary of findings from the observations of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) regarding pandemic preparedness in 2007 and early 2008. The private sector is encouraged to engage in this process. Published Sept. 2008
The National Governors Association (NGA) report for governors and senior state officials who want to be prepared for a possible flu pandemic. May be useful to healthcare boards and leaders to understand their thinking and governments' expected roles on topics such as self-reliance and stockpiling. Discusses seasonal flu which accounts for 30,000 to 40,000 US deaths per year. 32 pages; pub 2006
Access state plans for flu preparedness. Standards related to keeping state government functioning (incl. food supply, transportation); protecting citizens, slowing the spread of disease, providing healthcare and handling mass casualties; as well as infrastructure responsibilities should be outlined. See how your state is doing.