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   H1N1 Influenza (swine flu)  

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H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
The latest news on the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak from the CDC, the principal agency in the United States government protecting the health and safety of Americans.  You will find updated news, contact information, State statistics, and tips for preventing the spread of disease.  There's even a Swine Flu podcast, swine flu activity map and a twitter page

Clinical Advisory: H1N1 Flu
Interim recommendations for diagnosis and control from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Advisory for Schools: H1N1/Swine Flu 
A pdf form created on April 27th, offers guidelines for schools and childcare settings.

Frequently Asked Questions on the H1N1/Swine Flu 
http://www.who.int/csr/swine_flu/swine_flu_faq_26april.pdf
This site was created by the World Health Organization.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) - News and Updates 
The lastest RSS feeds on the Swine flu and its possible impact on the Commonwealth.

Mass.Gov's blog on the H1N1/Swine flu 
Article on the Swine Flu from the official Massachusetts Department of Public Health blog.

Mass Gov.'s Health and Human Services H1N1/Swine Flu Page
This recently constructed, and constantly updated page provides very valuable general information on H1N1/Swine Flu, including Massachusetts specific information, as well as instructions on disease prevention, including handwashing, and guidance for health professionals.

Massachusetts 211 Page
2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services Information and Referral. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 2-1-1 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs.

Medline H1N1/Swine Flu Topics 
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/swineflu.html  
Medical and disease prevention information.

Swine (H1N1) Flu and Homeland Security 
Briefing from the Department of Homeland Security on the H1N1/Swine Flu outbreak. 

Swine Flu Factsheet
This page was created by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

World Health Organization, Outbreak Information
The latest news on diseases and illnesses, including the recent outbreak of H1N1/Swine Flu.

Pandemic and Avian Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/
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
http://www.mass.gov/dph/flu
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
http://www.massmed.org/AM/Template.cfm?
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.

MassSupport
http://mass.gov/samh/
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
http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/pandemics/
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
http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/index.jsp
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
http://www.pandemicflu.gov/
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
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?navtype=SU&navid=AVIAN_INFLUENZA
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 
http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/pdf/HHSPandemicInfluenzaPlan.pdf
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
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/en/index.html
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
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/virus.htm
A concise directory of sites linking to valuable information on the spread and possible spread of the Avian Flu.

Avian Influenza Vaccines
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/vaccines.htm
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!
http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands/
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
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no01/05-1371_app2.htm
Scholarly policy statement on the benefits of handwashing put out by the CDC.

Interim Recommendations for Infection Control
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/professional/infect-control.htm
The CTC's interim guidelines for dealing with infection control. This site is currently being revised.