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Pandemic Awareness

Are there currently any flu outbreaks? What is being done to track them?  This section will educate you on pandemics and the current flu situation in the United States and abroad.

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About Pandemics

Learn what a pandemic is and how it relates to the seasonal flu. Read about the unique characteristics and the challenges in addressing a flu pandemic.

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Current Situation

View the current flu threat levels in the United States and around the world using an interactive map that tracks visits to health care providers for flu-like symptoms.

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Global Activities

Get information on international flu monitoring, coordination, and reference material to help prepare for a flu pandemic.

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Research Activities

Learn about research into the flu virus, vaccines, prediction/modeling, and more. Read about the latest scientific advances in fighting the flu.

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Read about the history of flu pandemics dating back to 1918 and historical accounts from medical professionals and people affected by flu pandemics throughout history.