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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

Pandemic flu occurs when a new virus exists to which people have little or no immunity.This new virus will pass easily from person to person. Because the virus is new and people have not had it before, it could cause large numbers of people to become sick or die. A pandemic flu would likely affect businesses, travel and some basic services for a period of time. It is possible that the H5N1 bird flu virus could change to be easily passed from person to person.

Learn more about what you can do to prepare for and respond to a pandemic flu.

For more information about pandemic flu, visit www.pandemicflu.gov

Seasonal Flu

The common flu virus, or seasonal flu, is caused by viruses similar to those already affecting people. Healthy adults are generally not at risk for severe complications from the flu. Young children, the elderly and those with medical conditions are at a greater risk for complications.

Learn more about what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for seasonal flu each year.

Bird Flu

Bird flu viruses are found naturally among birds and usually do not affect people. However, the H5N1 bird flu virus that has been spreading among birds recently has been passed from birds to humans and has caused people to die. People should be careful not to come in contact with infected birds or contaminated areas during an outbreak of bird flu among poultry.

In this section, you will find information to protect yourself, your family and your birds from bird flu.

More information on bird flu is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Health Organization.