H1N1 reveals gaps in nation’s emergency health preparedness efforts

Washington DC-- The seventh annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies … Continue reading H1N1 reveals gaps in nation’s emergency health preparedness efforts

2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView.* During the week of November 8-14, 2009, influenza activity decreased across all key indicators, but overall remained very high for this time of year. Below is a summary of the … Continue reading 2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update

Update! NFL Cheerleader Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery

Ashburn, Virginia – November 4, 2009: After having her life turned upside down by a routine influenza shot, and discharged by three major hospitals after four visits – despite worsening symptoms – Desiree Jennings is finally making great strides in her recovery. The vibrant, 25-year-old Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador has a website to tell her … Continue reading Update! NFL Cheerleader Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery

N95 respirator not best for H1N1 flu protection

Lack of scientific evidence regarding the need for N95 respirators among health care workers has prompted three scientific organizations to urge that OSHA change current recommendations for personal protection from H1N1 flu among health care employees. N95 respirators that require fit-testing are not scientifically proven to be best to protect health care workers from H1N1 flu. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology … Continue reading N95 respirator not best for H1N1 flu protection

Wash Call: H1N1 hits Capitol Hill … Highway worker safety … More

WASHINGTON - H1N1 has hit the Hill. The first congressman came down with swine flu this past week. Rep. Greg Walden, a sixth-term Republican from rural Oregon, announced via Twitter that the virus had nailed him. "Just diagnosed with likely H1N1. Ugh. Off to seclusion for awhile(cq)," the lawmaker, 52, tweeted Tuesday. Rep. Melissa Bean, … Continue reading Wash Call: H1N1 hits Capitol Hill … Highway worker safety … More

Common Questions: H1N1 Flu – What’s the Real Deal?

Sharon Stanley, American Red Cross Chief Nurse, answers common questions about the H1N1 flu virus. Part 1 of the three video series answers the question "what's the real deal?" with H1N1. Sharon addresses the H1N1 hype, distinguishes how it differs from the seasonal flu, and takes on suggested behavior if you become ill.

Debunking False Media Claims on the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine

Get the facts about the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Recently there has been publicity about some in the media representing all different kinds of opinions and viewpoints who are giving out incorrect information out about the flu and seasonal and H1N1 vaccination. Many health reporters and bloggers around the country, as well as doctors on television, have raised some concerns about … Continue reading Debunking False Media Claims on the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine

H1N1 Prevention PSA from Flu.gov

Remember these small tips to prevent you and your family from getting the H1N1 virus!