“Fighting Flu Fatigue” Report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) examines the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu season and vaccination rates by age group, state and ethnicity. While progress has been made in the past 10 years, vaccination has not reached optimal levels across the US. Published Nov. 2010. PDF is 22 pages
CDC’s guidance on taking care of a person (at home) who is sick with influenza. Describes when to get immediate medical care for children and adults.
Official U.S. Government “regular flu”, avian and pandemic flu information, managed by CDC. Includes global monitoring of pandemics, the North American Plan for Swine, Avian & Pandemic Influenza. Defines seasonal flu vs. swine (H1N1) flu, vs. bird flu vs. pandemic flu
CDC’s official web page on Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) is now archived for historical value. Recommendations, their investigation reports, status in US, Mexico and other countries, and travel recommendations
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
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. Other pandemic publications also at this site.
Simple checklist for individuals, families and communities, for pandemic flu planning. Find out what you can do to help plan ahead for a pandemic – like store a supply of food, water and your usual prescription drugs; plan to stay at home for a number of 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. Two pages
The World Health Organization (WHO) page on Swine Flu H1N1, worldwide. See the latest information in individual countries. WHO also tracks disease outbreaks (such as Ebola), Epidemic & Pandemic Alerts, of all types.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) index A to Z. Easy to use topic list. The CDC is one of the major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. CDC maintains active surveillance of diseases and works round the clock, 24/7, to protect against threats to our health, safety and security.
Find CDC advice and recommendations on household cleaning and disinfection for coronavirus. Links to approved disinfectants. Describes the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. A must-read if you’re caring for someone with COVID-19, or want to create a safer environment from viruses at home. Updated March 2020
The National Governors Association (NGA) has published Improving State Efforts to Prepare and Respond to Public Health Emergencies. This short 9-page report was written for governors and senior state officials who want to be prepared for a a variety of emerging public health situations. Examples from Ebola, H1N1 Influenza, Zika and Avian Flu are given. May be useful to healthcare boards and leaders to understand their thinking and governments’ expected roles. Nine pages, published September 2016.
Track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with daily situation reports by the World Health Organization (WHO).