iPandemic: Fight H1N1 on your Phone

A wide selection of applications to help fight the swine flu are now available for cellular devices. The updated CDC News Reader app will cue the consumer on recent outbreaks, how to prepare, and travel information. H1N1 Cases by State helps the user track the number of cases and fatalities in their state. Outbreaks Near Me is a more specific app, doing regional coverage by using Google maps. All these applications and more are being sold for 99 cents each. For more information and more apps, click the link below.

Swine flu apps you'll want on your iPhone

CDC Press Briefing: Pandemic Flu Preparedness

CDC will host a press briefing on Thursday, February 1 at 2 pm, ET to announce the release of two new initiatives designed to advance the nation’s pandemic influenza preparedness efforts: 1) new PSAs designed to encourage people to learn more about pandemic flu and 2) new CDC guidelines for implementing public health measures and actions in response to a pandemic (i.e. non-pharmaceutical actions such as dismissing students from school, voluntary isolate of ill people, and social distancing measures like teleworking). For the first time, the new CDC guidelines illustrate how public health recommendations should or may vary depending on the projected severity of a pandemic. Members of the public may access the listen-only audio Web cast or visit the CDC Web site following the teleconference for a full transcript. For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/a070201.htm

Bird flu vaccine approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the first approval in the United States of a vaccine for humans against the H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as avian or bird flu.

The vaccine could be used in the event the current H5N1 avian virus were to develop the capability to efficiently spread from human to human, resulting in the rapid spread of the disease across the globe. Should such an influenza pandemic emerge, the vaccine may provide early limited protection in the months before a vaccine tailored to the pandemic strain of the virus could be developed and produced.

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Pandemic Flu remains a substantial threat!

The world still faces a substantial threat of a flu pandemic and countries need to speed up preparations for a global outbreak, health experts said Tuesday.”We can’t delude ourselves. The threat of a pandemic influenza has not diminished,” said Keiji Fukuda, coordinator for the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Program.

Fukuda spoke to a meeting of around 150 health experts from governments, WHO and other agencies to update WHO’s pandemic influenza preparedness plan.

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