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Flu Terms Defined

Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.  The following is a CDC site discussing issues related to Seasonal Flu - Flu Basics, Preventing the Flu, and What To Do If You Get Sick:  CDC Seasonal Flu (Influenza).  Oklahoma State Department of Health flu information site:  http://www.ok.gov/health/

Avian (or bird) flu (AI) is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally among wild birds. Low pathogenic AI is common in birds and causes few problems. Highly pathogenic H5N1 is deadly to domestic fowl, can be transmitted from birds to humans, and is deadly to humans. There is virtually no human immunity and human vaccine availability is very limited.  Avian Flu or Bird Flu information can be found on the following site:  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/

Pandemic flu is a virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine.  Because there is little natural immunity, the disease spreads easily person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in very short time. Currently, there is no pandemic flu.  Good information from CDC can be found on the following web site:  http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

Oklahoma State and Local Planning and Response Activities from CDC web site:  http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/oklahoma.html

Information from Oklahoma State Department  of Health web site:  http://www.ok.gov/health/

Flu Outbreak Preparedness for Business:

Flu Outbreak Preparedness for Schools



Take the Lead - Working Together to Prepare Now:

Healthier America Project   http://healthyamericans.org and http://www.pandemicfluandyou.org/

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