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Pandemic Influenza Resource Summary
The Public Entity Risk Institute has assembled the following list of official resources and links to help local governments gather information about managing a Swine Flu outbreak in their community. These resources offer information only, and do not supplant instructions provided by local health officials.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC website offers a wealth of information about influenza and the 2009 outbreak of Swine Flu. Some of the information is directed at health care professionals, but much of can be helpful to public officials. Highlights include:
Swine Influenza Information Page — The CDC’s main Swine Flu information page, with links to other pages
Guidance for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals — The CDC’s main page for clinicians and public health professionals with links to other resources http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidance/
Guidance on Nonpharmaceutical Community Mitigation in Response to Human Infections with Swine Flu Virus — Flu mitigation guidelines that rely on methods to limit transmission rather than vaccines and antiviral medications
Guidance on Facemask and Respirator Use in Community Settings Where Swine Flu Virus Transmission Has Been Detected — Information about the use of respiratory protection in community (non-occupational) settings
Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance — Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States: Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions. This February 2007 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department for Health and Human Services includes special information for childcare centers, businesses, schools, colleges and universities, faith based and community organizations and individuals and families.
What’s New — Allows users to sign up for email updates, follow CDC on Twitter, or sign up for RSS — Really Simple Syndication
PandemicFlu.gov is a United States government portal that gathers information about pandemic influenza and provides links to it from a single website.
Pandemic Flu Preparedness, Response and Recovery: Guide for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources, September 2006, Department of Homeland Security. A guide to assist businesses and industry, especially critical infrastructure and key resources in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from local or pandemic flu.
State by state information on pandemic planning — Portal pages for each state’s planning efforts
Individual and family planning guide — Multiple languages
Planning checklists — Includes checklists for state and local governments, families and a variety of organizations
World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations, and provides leadership on global health matters.