Pandemic Flu

Pandemics involve any disease that is widespread and affects many people, in many countries around the world. There have historically been a number of pandemic situations, including smallpox, typhoid fever, and plague. In 2009, a new strain of influenza (2009 H1N1) caused the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. Spreading worldwide to more than 214 countries, the diseases resulted in substantial illness, hospitalizations and over 18,400 deaths. Infections in numerous animal species, including swine, turkeys, ferrets, cats and dogs also occurred.

Prevention is the key to protecting your family and your animals. Businesses also have an important role in protecting their employee's health during pandemic events. Planning ahead is important components to minimize the impact of influenza on your family, farm, and business.

Pandemic Flu Preparedness Factsheets

Pandemic Flu and Your Family
(pdf, 2 pages)
More Family Resources
Pandemic Flu and Your Livestock
(pdf, 1 page)
More Livestock Resources
Pandemic Flu and Your Business
(pdf, 1 page)
More Business Resources

Additional Web Resources

2009 H1N1 Flu Virus Outbreak
Timeline and resources for veterinarians about the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Website with information and resources related to influenza (seasonal and pandemic) and ways to protect yourself and your family.
Multiple Federal Agencies
H1N1 Flu Virus FAQ
Website with frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the H1N1 flu virus.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Protect Yourself: Avian Flu: Animal Handlers (Not Poultry Employees)
Reference card containing signs and symptoms of avian flu in humans and birds, control measures, and precautions to take when handling animals.
Occupational Safety and Heath Administration
Protect Yourself: Avian Flu: General Precautions
Quick reference on avian flu including signs of disease and general precautions to take to avoid becoming infected.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Quick Reference For Businesses and Employers 2009 H1N1 Flu Planning and Response
General information meant to aid businesses in protecting employees and ensuring business continuity during an H1N1 outbreak.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Seasonal and H1N1 2009: For Parents Who Have Children or Adolescents With High-Risk Medical Conditions
Brochure containing flu prevention information for parents of children with high-risk medical conditions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: Summary Highlights, April 2009-April 2010
Historical overview of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)