Pandemics and Flu

What You Should Know for the Influenza Season  





  • Seasonal Influenza: Flu Basics

    Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

    The upcoming season's flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.

    Key Facts About Seasonal Flu

    A summary of key seasonal flu facts and who should get vaccinated...

    Current Flu Season

    Information about the current flu season...

    Past Flu Seasons

    Information about past flu seasons...

    Symptoms & Severity

    Flu symptoms and how some people are at greater risk from severe complications...

    People at High Risk from Flu

    Some people are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally in death...

    How Flu Spreads

    How the virus spreads and how long people may be contagious...

    Regular Flu Season

    General information on regular flu seasons in the United States...

    Seasonal Flu and Staph Infections

    Information about flu and staph infections, MRSA...

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Page Last Updated:  05/17/2013


  •  What is a Pandemic?

 "Pandemicshappen when a new influenza virus emerges to which people have littleor no immunity.  Although no ones knows for sure when the next pandemicwill occur, or what new influenza virus will cause a pandemic, theimpact on society could be enormous."  Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H.,Dr. P.H., Commissioner, New York State Department of Health - 7/2006


Localeducational agencies (LEAs) play an integral role in protecting thehealth and safety of their district's staff, students and theirfamilies.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed thefollowing checklist to assist LEAs in developing and/or improving plansto prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.  Building astrong relationship with  the local health department is critical fordeveloping a meaningful plan.  Further information on pandemic influenzacan be found at




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