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Pandemic Information


  Influenza  (general) 

 Pandemic & Avian Influenza 

 Preventing the Spread of Flu 



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention latest news on the most recent incarnations of the flu. 


Pandemic and Avian Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is the official avian flu page created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans. This page provides information regarding key facts, current assessments, frequently asked questions, and specific subjects, such as the spread of the virus. For specific information regarding pandemic go to the Pandemic page. The CDC is also organizing and testing information for State agencies on the National Vaccine Program.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) - Pandemic Preparedness
Official site for Massachusetts addressing the issue of pandemic preparedness and avian flu, the home page features a discussion on the various forms of flu, including seasonal, avian and pandemic. Included here is the January 2006 MDPH Pandemic Preparedness Plan. MDPH also provides a Template for Local Infectious Disease Emergency Planning and Response . Further information can also be found on the Message Maps.

Massachusetts System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
This important organization provides a database of health care professionals who agree to vounteer their services for State-wide emergencies. Information on applying to volunteer included at this location.

This site provides information on coping with disaster, finding resources for you and your family and community, organizing to be prepared, and other valuable data.

National Vaccine Program Office
This site maintained by the United States Department of Health & Human Services provides information on research and development of vaccines for influenza.

National Wildlife Health Center- Avian Flu Page
Disease and research information on a variety of diseases of national concern, including avian flu.

Pandemic Flu: Official Page of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
This reliable resource features discussion on types of flu viruses including seasonal, avian and pandemic flu. It provides accurate dependable information regarding planning and response; monitoring outbreaks; tests, vaccines and medications; global activities and travel. It also features a constantly updated News section with accurate reports. There is a sidebar featuring an avian flu watch and listing of upcoming conferences and meetings.

United States Department of Agriculture- Avian Flu Page
The official page of the US Department of Agriculture, this site provides fact sheets, photo and video gallery, and information on educational outreach, food and nutrition, laws and regulations, research and science and reliable news items. Also included are instructions regarding reporting sick wild and farm animals.

United States Department of Homeland Security National Response Plan - Pandemic Flu
DHS's page on avian flu provides links to information already given here, but may be updated in the future as the situation changes.

United States HHS Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan
This 396 page document was created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and provides a detailed study in dealing with the possiblity of pandemic in the United States. Included here is a doctrine for response; key pandemic response actions and capabilities for effective implementation; and an outline of the responsibilities proscribed for Health and Human Service Agencies and other Offices. Extensive appendices also included.

World Health Organization - Avian influenza Site
Comprehensive and reliable site outlining international epidemic and pandemic alert and response information. Daily news updates, guidelines, global outbreak information, international health regulations, laboratory and empidemiological information and extensive links to additional information of interest to medical personal and the general population.

Preventing the Spread of Influenza

Avian Influenza: The Virus and Its Spread
A concise directory of sites linking to valuable information on the spread and possible spread of the Avian Flu.

Avian Influenza Vaccines
Up-to-date information on the development of vacines for avian flu. As of this update, a vaccine for the H5N1 virus that is being seen in Asia has not been successfully developed.

Clean Hands Save Lives!
A publication from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) on the important benefits of handwashing and the prevention of diseases.

Controlled studies of the effect of handwashing on transmitting respiratory infections
Scholarly policy statement on the benefits of handwashing put out by the CDC.

Interim Recommendations for Infection Control
The CTC's interim guidelines for dealing with infection control. This site is currently being revised.