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Prepare for a Flu Pandemic

Prepare yourself and your family for pandemic flu.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prevent Infections When You Get Medical Care

Get tips on protecting yourself from infections when you get medical care.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Yourself from Seasonal Flu

The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu. Get a flu shot every year.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Flu Vaccine: 2012-2013 Season

Find out where to get a flu shot this season, and learn about vaccine safety, possible side effects, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions and Answers: Preventing Seasonal Flu

The single best way to prevent the flu is for individuals to get a vaccination each fall. Find additional steps you can take to prevent the flu.

Review Date: July 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions and Answers: Seasonal Flu Vaccine

This document answers questions regarding seasonal flu vaccine. The questions cover flu vaccine types, treatment, effectiveness, viruses, and more.

Review Date: March 01, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Search Flu Frequent Questions (FAQs)

Look for answers to common questions about the flu.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ready.gov: Influenza Pandemic

This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need and lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Cancer and the Flu

Having cancer does not put you at an increased risk for getting the flu. It does, however, put you at an increased risk of complications from the flu virus. Get the flu vaccine. It is your best protection against the flu.

Review Date: May 07, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Vaccines not only help keep your child healthy, they help all children by eliminating serious childhood diseases. Learn about the different types of vaccines and when your child needs to be vaccinated.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine

This document provides information on the dangers of flu to children and those who are at increased risk for flu complications, vaccination recommendations, and when to get your child vaccinated.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Preparedness and Response

This CDC site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Topics covered include bioterrorism, chemical and radiation emergencies, mass casualties, severe weather and natural disasters, and recent disease outbreaks.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Everyday Preventive Actions that Help Fight Germs, Like Flu- (PDF)

Discover the steps you can take to help slow the spread of flu and other germs, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick people.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Faces of Influenza

The American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza Web site offers personal stories of people affected by influenza (flu), a potentially deadly disease. Find out if you are at risk, learn myths and facts about flu vaccines, and where you and your loved ones can get a flu shot.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

American Lung Association

Fever

This chart can give you a general idea about your fever. However, always remember to consult your family doctor with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Find a Flu Shot

The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will be available starting in September and October 2012. Simply enter your zip code to find mapped locations, dates, times, addresses and phone numbers for clinics offering flu shots near you.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Lung Association

Flu Clinic Locator

Find a flu clinic in your area. Search by city and state, or by zip code.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Flu Prevention and Treatment

Flu prevention includes vaccination, frequent hand washing and staying home if you are sick. This document provides more treatment and prevention tips.

Review Date: March 18, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Flu.gov

Flu.gov provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic and avian flu for the general public and other groups.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Flu--Get the Shot

For older people, especially those who have health problems such as diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening. Getting a flu shot every year can help you stay healthy.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Helping Your Child Breathe Easier

In terms of childhood disease, the respiratory system is the most critical. Here are some tips from the AARC to help your child breathe easier.

Review Date: December 27, 2012

American Association for Respiratory Care

HIV/AIDS and the Flu

Find questions and answers about both flu shots and antiviral medications recommended for people with HIV/AIDS.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Inactivated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine- (PDF)

This document provides information on the inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine, given as a shot, and who should get it and when.

Review Date: March 05, 2013

Immunization Action Coalition

Is It a Cold or the Flu?- (PDF)

A checklist of symptoms designed to assist you in determining which of these health problems you may have.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Patient Safety: Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient

You go to the hospital to get well, right? Of course, but did you know that patients can get infections in the hospital while they are being treated for something else? Here are ten things you can do to be a safe patient.

Review Date: October 17, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Personal and Home Hygiene

Personal hygiene and household cleanliness practices are important methods to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Find fact sheets on many related topics including: creating a healthy household, antibacterials in household products, and how to fight colds.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Pregnant Women and Flu Risk

Changes to a pregnant woman’s immune system can make her more sensitive to the flu. Find out how to protect yourself, and your unborn child, from the flu.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands can help prevent the flu.

Review Date: March 16, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Self-Care Flow Charts: Cold and Flu

Learn how to treat the symptoms of a cold or flu and when flu- or cold-like symptoms could indicate the need to seek professional help.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

The Flu: A Guide for Parents- (PDF)

It is important to know about the different flu viruses currently in circulation, their risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and the people you care for. There are everyday steps you and your loved ones can take to help protect yourselves against infection from flu viruses.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

Learn about flu symptoms, emergency warning signs, what you should do if you get sick, and how to help yourself recover from the flu.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travel FAQs from Flu.gov

Learn about flu activity in your region of travel, when you should avoid travel, and what to do during and after your trip to stay healthy.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services