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Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Preparedness

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. It is a widespread epidemic in numerous places around the world at the same time.

A new influenza virus can emerge, for which people have little or no immunity and there is no vaccine. This new disease could spread easily from person-to-person and could cause serious illness and death.

It is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be, but a pandemic may have major impacts on society, such as widespread restrictions on travel, closings of schools and businesses, and cancellation of large public gatherings.

A human pandemic outbreak could be very serious, so there is an effort to promote global preparedness.

Visit our H1N1 Influenza Page:
H1N1 Influenza




Health departments and news media around the world are closely monitoring any potential pandemic influenza hotspots, including the progression of bird flu in other countries.

Pandemic influenza is very different from seasonal influenza. (Comparison Chart)

Fortunately, this issue gives agencies and individuals an opportunity to better prepare for a pandemic, and revise their emergency preparedness and communication plans.

What does this mean to you?

Your own all-hazards emergency preparedness plan can also be useful for things such as unexpected school closures, neighborhood evacuations, weather closures and family emergencies.

We encourage you to make your own family or business plan, and also help your kids learn about how they can help.

You should still take the usual common sense prevention measures against seasonal influenza: get a flu shot; stay home if you are sick; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands often; and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Also exercise, eat healthy food and get plenty of rest.
Also see the various checklists below.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (WHO)
Weekly Surveillance Reports (CDC)

American Red Cross
Avian Influenza - "BIrd Flu"
Colorado Influenza Response Plan
Flu Shot Clinics - Statewide Listings
Guidelines - Businesses
Guidelines - Schools
Guidelines - Social Distancing
Home Care
Masks and Respirators
Pandemic Influenza - Colorado Information
Pandemic Influenza Plan Summary - Business, Family, Kids
Seasonal Flu vs. Pandemic Flu
Schools - Colo Pandemic Readiness Plan
Traveler's Health Information
U.S. - Planning and Response

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Related Tri-County Pages:
Animal-Borne Diseases
Avian Influenza - "Bird Flu"
A–Z Index of Topics and Services
Disease Prevention
Emergency Preparedness
H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu)
Immunizations for Travelers

Flu Shot Clinics and Information:
Find a Clinic Near You or call 1-877-462-2911
Visiting Nurse Association
Flu - Seasonal Influenza Information
Germ Prevention Brochure

Related Fact Sheets and Links:
American Red Cross / Mile High Chapter
Avian Influenza - (CDC)
Avian Influenza - (HHS)
Avian Influenza - World Health Organization
Avian Influenza Info.Com
Colorado Information (CDPHE)
Colorado Fact Sheet - Avian Influenza
Colorado Fact Sheet - Pandemic Influenza

Emergency Preparedness (CDC)
Family Caregivers (Red Cross)
Flu - Seasonal Influenza Information
Flu Shot Clinics - Statewide Listings

Food and Water in Emergencies
Germ Prevention Brochure
Global Preparedness Plan (WHO)
Global Surveillance

Guidelines - Businesses
Guidelines - Schools
Guidelines - Social Distancing
Home Care

Human Infections
Influenza - The Flu
Influenza - Self Care
Mental Health
Mental Health America of Colorado
NACCHO - Avian Influenza
NACCHO - Emergency Preparedness
National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
Occupational Health and Safety
Pandemic Flu - U.S.
Power Outages (CDC)
Prevent the Spread of Germs
Preventing the Flu
Q & A - Frequently Asked Questions
Quarantine and Isolation (CDC)
Quarantine and Isolation (Red Cross)
Quarantine - Histoy (PBS)
Quarantine - Legal Fact Sheet
Regular Flu - Symptoms and Treatment
Regular Flu vs. Pandemic Flu
Schools - Colo Pandemic Readiness Plan
Travel Information - General (CDC)
Travelers' Health - Avian Influenza
U.S. Citizens Living Abroad
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
U.S. Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
West Nile Virus
What If? Colorado
Winter Weather Preparedness (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Worldwide Preparedness

Chinese / Vietnamese / Spanish :
Español - Spanish
Influenza Aviar - Preguntas y Respuestas
Influenza Pandémica - Preguntas y Respuestas - Seguridad Nacional
Preparación y Respuesta de Emergencia
Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt

For more information:
Colorado InfoLine 1-877-462-2911
CDC in English - 1-888-246-2675
CDC en Español / Spanish - 1-888-246-2857
TTY - 1-866-874-2646
Mon-Fri 8am-11pm EST, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm EST


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