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Pandemic Influenza Toolkit

Federal and International Guidance:



  • Travel and the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine (03/30/10)
  • 1918 and 2009 Pandemic Influenza Viruses Shared Characteristics Could Aid in Vaccine Design (03/24/2010)
  • Everyday Preventive Actions: Health Education Resource (03/19/10)
  • Key Facts about the H1N1 Vaccine (03/08/10)
  • Underlying Health Conditions among Hospitalized H1N1 Patients (02/24/10)
  • Information on H1N1 impact by Race and Ethnicity (02/24/10)
  • 2010/2011 Seasonal Flu Vaccine to Include H1N1 Protection (02/22/10)
  • Updated "Take 3 to Fight Flu" brochure (CDC) (01/12/10)
  • PandemicFlu.Gov
    One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    Trust for America's Health Advocacy Page: TFAH - Trust for America's Health offers information on pandemic influenza and public health preparedness on their advocacy page.

    Other HHS Resources

    Questions and Answers about CDC's Revised Recommendations for the Use of Influenza Antiviral Drugs (HHS)

    Three Federal Agencies Join with Sesame Workshop to Launch National PSA Campaign Stressing Healthy Habits to Prevent H1N1 Flu Infection (HHS,  September 1, 2009)

    Technical Report for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators on CDC Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year (HHS)

    Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education (US Department of Health and Human Services)

    Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, August 19, 2009)

    HHS Takes Additional Steps toward Development of Vaccine for the Novel Influenza A (H1N1): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the department will take important steps necessary to prepare for potential commercial-scale production of a candidate vaccine for the novel Influenza A (H1N1).

    2009-H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Development Next Steps: Questions and Answer: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HHS offers answers to common questions about H1N1 influenza and the development of a vaccine to protect against the virus.

    Obama Administration Calls on Nation to Begin Planning and Preparing for Fall Flu Season & the New H1N1 Virus (HHS, July 9, 2009)

    Guidance on Antiviral Drug Use during an Influenza Pandemic: Health care workers and emergency services personnel who could have direct contact with individuals who are ill during an influenza pandemic should be protected with antiviral drugs throughout the pandemic, even before these workers are exposed or become ill themselves, according to guidance released by HHS.

    Influenza Pandemic: HHS Needs to Continue its Actions and Finalize Guidance for Pharmaceutical Interventions: GAO - This report discussed how HHS plans to make existing federal stockpiles of pharmaceutical interventions available for distribution once a pandemic begins.

    Federal Government Releases Final Guidance on Allocating Pandemic Influenza Vaccine: Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine

    Control of Pandemic Flu Virus on Environmental Surfaces in Homes and Public Places This site provides a fact sheet on how to disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of the flu.

    HHS Pandemic Flu Plan: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Pandemic Influenza Plan is a blueprint for pandemic influenza preparation and response. It provides guidance to national, state, and local policy makers and health departments.

    Vaccine Prioritization: Draft plan from HHS & DHS determines which groups and individuals are vaccinated first in the event of a flu pandemic to reduce impact on health and minimize disruption to society and the economy.

    Federal Guidance to Assist States in Improving State-Level Pandemic Influenza Operating Plans : The US HHS created a comprehensive pandemic influenza guidance document to assist state planning efforts.

    Taking the Lead: Working Together to Prepare Now
    Toolkit for leaders in business, the community, religious organizations and healthcare that has ready-to-use and ready-to-tailor resources as well as information, ideas and materials to encourage organizations to prepare and get involved. Tools include talking points, fact sheets, checklists, sample newsletter articles, sample e-mails, posters, incentive ideas and Internet resources.

    Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders
    This guide, tailored specifically for the unique needs of public officials and first responders, includes comprehensive information on topics like: resources & tools within the public health system for addressing emergencies; how federal health agencies function in an emergency; food security & environmental safety; risk communication; legal issues; tips for successful preparedness exercises; recovery & resilience after the crisis.

    CDC Resources

    H1N1 Flu Mobile Texting Pilot (CDC)

    H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Preparedness Tools for Professionals (CDC)

    2009-2010 Influenza Season: Information for Pharmacists (CDC)

    Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season (CDC)

    2009 H1N1 Flu Situation Update (CDC)

    School-Located Vaccination Planning Materials and Templates (CDC, September 13, 2009)

    Monitoring Influenza Activity, Including 2009 H1N1 (CDC, September 11, 2009)

    CDC Swine Flu Investigation Page - The CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the agency's response to the newly emerging swine flu and is tracking outbreaks of the infection within the United States.  This page has updated information about U.S. cases of swine flu.

    Seasonal Influenza 2009-2010: ACIP Vaccination Recommendations (CDC)

    Surveillance for Pediatric Deaths Associated with 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection --- United States, April--August 2009 (CDC, September 4, 2009)

    Vaccine Distribution Q&A (CDC, August 31, 2009)

    Topic Areas for CDC H1N1 Public Health Emergency Response Projects (CDC, August 28, 2009)

    Flu View (CDC, August 22, 2009)

    CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year (CDC)

    CDC Guidance for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year (CDC)

    CDC Novel H1N1 Vaccination Planning Q&A (CDC, August 10, 2009)

    School Dismissal Monitoring System (CDC)

    CDC Recommendations for the Amount of Time Persons with Influenza-Like Illness Should be Away from Others (CDC, August 5, 2009)

    Managing Calls and Call Centers during a Large-Scale Influenza Outbreak: Implementation Tool (CDC, July 30, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for the Detection of Novel Influenza A Virus Using Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (CDC, July 29, 2009)

    CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1 (CDC, July 29, 2009)

    Questions and Answers: Novel H1N1 Influenza Vaccine (CDC,  July 20, 2009)

    10 Steps You Can Take: Actions for Novel H1N1 Influenza Planning and Response for Medical Offices and Outpatient Facilities (CDC)

    CDC Recommendations for State and Local Planning for a 2009 Novel H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Program (CDC, July 8, 2009)

    New and Updated CDC Guidance Related to Novel H1N1 Flu H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) 2009 H1N1 Flu Legal Preparedness

    H1N1 Flu Clinical and Public Health Guidance

    CDC Flyer: Clean Hands Save Lives

    Interim Guidance for People who have Close Contact with Pigs in Non-commercial Settings: Preventing the Spread of Influenza A Viruses, Including the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (CDC, July 23, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for Correctional and Detention Facilities on Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (CDC, May 24, 2009)

    Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use to Reduce Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Transmission (CDC, May 27, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for Clinicians on the Prevention and Treatment of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Influenza Virus Infection in Infants and Young Children (CDC, May 11, 2009)

    Interim Guidance on Case Definitions to be Used For Investigations of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Cases (CDC, May 11, 2009)

    Interim CDC Guidance for Public Gatherings in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) (CDC, May 10, 2009)

    Interim Guidance on Antiviral Recommendations for Patients with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection and Their Close Contacts (CDC, May 6, 2009)

    Interim CDC Guidance for Colleges, Universities, and Post-secondary Educational Institutions in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (CDC, May 6, 2009)

    Interim Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Guidance for Cruise Ships (CDC, May 4, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for Employers for Protection of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers from the Novel H1N1 Flu Virus (CDC, May 5, 2009)

    Interim Guidance to Assist State and Local Health Departments in Developing Programs for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Viru (CDC)

    Interim Guidance for Clinicians on Identifying and Caring for Patients with Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection (CDC, May 4, 2009)

    What to Do If You Get Flu-Like Symptoms (CDC, May 4, 2009)

    H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You (CDC, May 3, 2009)

    Interim Guidance on Case Definitions to be Used for Investigations of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Cases (CDC, April 30, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for Screening for Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) by State and Local Health Departments, Hospitals, and Clinicians in Regions with Few or no Reported Cases of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) (CDC, April 29, 2009)

    Interim Guidance for Infection Control for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection in a Healthcare Setting (CDC, April 29, 2009)

    Interim Guidance on Antiviral Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection and Close Contacts (CDC, April 29, 2009)

    Interim Guidance on Specimen Collection, Processing, and Testing for Patients with Suspected Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection (CDC, April 29, 2009)

    Interim Guidance to Assist Airline Flight Deck and Cabin Crew in Identifying Passengers Who May Have Swine Influenza (CDC, April 29, 2009)

    Interim Guidance - Children and Pregnant Women who May be Infected with Swine-Origin Influenza Virus: Considerations for Clinicians (CDC, April 28, 2009)

    Pandemic Influenza Storybook
    On the 90th anniversary of the killer, the nation's public health guardians -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- released on-line "Pandemic Influenza Storybook."

    Pandemic Influenza Information for Health Professionals
    The Centers for Disease Control's pandemic flu toolkit, includes quarantine information, professional guidance, vaccine information and treatment information.

    Pandemic Influenza Update - July 2007
    Monthly pandemic flu update prepared by CDC. The July update features: stockpiling supplies, when, how much, for how long, etc. - basic information for citizens; promotion of National Preparedness Month (September); and latest news on vaccines, avian flu outbreaks and transmission of the disease.

    Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
    Key Facts, outbreak updates, frequently asked questions and resources on avain influenza. Includes information for specific audiences like travelers, US citizens living abroad, cruise ship workers and the poultry industry.

    White House Resources

    White House Website - Pandemic Flu
    Resources include:

    • The Avian And Pandemic Influenza Threat
    • Translating The National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza Into Action
    • The Importance Of Preparedness By Individuals, Communities, And The Private Sector
    • Four Federal Priority Actions In The Implementation Plan

    Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives (09/02/09)

    Remarks by the President on 2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response (09/01/09)

    President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)Releases Report Assessing H1N1 Preparations (The White House, August 24, 2009)

    North American Leader's Declaration on H1N1 (The White House, August 10, 2009)

    Department Response to H1N1 (Swine) Flu (Homeland Security)

    Getting Beyond Getting Ready for Pandemic Influenza (Committee on Homeland Security): The Committee on Homeland Security released a Majority staff report entitled "Getting Beyond Getting Ready for Pandemic Influenza," which examines the Nation's state of preparedness and response capabilities in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak.

    Influenza Pandemic: Sustaining Focus on the Nation's Planning and Preparedness Efforts (United States Government Accountability Office): The report reviews the current planning efforts occurring in the U.S. and discusses the status of GAO's prior recommendations on the nation's preparedness for a pandemic.

    U.S. Policy Regarding Pandemic-Influenza Vaccines (Congressional Budget Office): This is a paper from the Congressional Budget Office that focuses on the government's role in the vaccine market.

    National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan
    Plan outlining the federal response to a pandemic developed by the Homeland Security Council, May 2006 (233 pages)

    World Health Organization Resources

    Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - Update 63 (WHO)

    Preparing for the Second Wave: Lessons from Current Outbreaks (WHO,  August 28, 2009)

    WHO Guidelines for Pharmacological Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza and other Influenza Viruses (WHO, August 20, 2009)

    WHO Swine Flu Info - The WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine flu and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic.  This page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information.

    Joint FAO/WHO/OIE Statement on Influenza A (H1N1) and the Safety of Pork

    Global Surveillance During an Influenza Pandemic - The WHO provides an update on its draft global surveillance document.

    Revision of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Guidance - An Update on the Drafting Process (WHO)

    WHO EPR: Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response
    Pandemic Preparedness Information from the World Health Organization

    USDA Resources

    USDA Avian Influenza Information - The official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDS) website on Avian Influenza. Includes contact information for reporting sick or dead birds, countries currently affected, how to disinfect equipment and many other avian flu-related resources.

    Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 - United States Department of Agriculture

    Report Suspected Fraudulent or Criminal Activity Associated with H1N1 Flu Virus

    Center for Biosecurity

    Center for Biosecurity Updates on Swine Flu - The CBN's page lists updates of swine flu cases and pandemic alert levels

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

    Media Briefing: Influenza A (H1N1)

    Pan American Health Organization Interactive Map of H1N1 Situation in the Americas

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Situation Report on H1N1