A list of interesting and helpful links to epidemic and pandemic resources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Publications
Find disease fact sheets, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Flu.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. Government seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird), H3N2, and pandemic flu information. Flu.gov aims to educate and guide: the general public; health and emergency preparedness professionals; policy makers; government and business leaders; school systems; and local communities.
- Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics
Harvard's collection of digitized books, pamphlets, letters and manuscripts regarding diseases, epidemics and pandemics.
- The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1918-1919
The Influenza Pandemic occurred in three waves in the United States throughout 1918 and 1919. Learn more about the pandemic, along with the Nation’s health and the medical care system and how they were affected. Also, take a glance at some people who fought the Influenza in the United States.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency - Pandemic Preparedness
You can prepare for an influenza pandemic now. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic.
"We are not in the midst of a human pandemic. But we cannot predict when one will happen. This is why it is important for everyone to prepare." - Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor, 2004-2007
Red Cross temporary ward, Oakland Municipal Auditorium, Oakland, CA 1918
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Call Number: WC 515 B861A 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-30
Between the years 1918 and1920, influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history, killing at least fifty million people, more than half a million of them Americans. Yet despite the devastation, this catastrophic event seems but a forgotten moment in the United States. American Pandemic offers a much-needed corrective to the silence surrounding the influenza outbreak. It sheds light on the social and cultural history of Americans during the pandemic, uncovering both the causes of the nation's public amnesia and the depth of the quiet remembering that endured.
Call Number: WC 515 D322i 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-28
In 1976, the outbreak of a new strain of swine flu at the Fort Dix, New Jersey, army base prompted an unprecedented inoculation campaign. Some forty-two million Americans were vaccinated as the National Influenza Immunization Program hastened to prevent a pandemic, while the World Health Organization (WHO) took a wait-and-see approach. Fortunately, the virus did not spread, and only one death occurred. But instead of being lauded, American actions were subsequently denounced as a “fiasco” and instigator of mass panic. In Influenza,George Dehner examines the wide disparity in national and international responses to influenza pandemics, from the Russian flu of 1889 to the swine flu outbreak in 2009.
Oxford American Handbook of Disaster Medicine
Call Number: Online Book
Publication Date: 2012-04-12
The Oxford American Handbook of Disaster Medicine offers a functional blend of science with pragmatism. Approached from a real-world perspective, the handbook is a portable guide that provides sufficient scientific background to facilitate broader application and problem solving yet approach the topic in a prioritized fashion, supporting rapid understanding and utilization. Contributing authors are clinical and public health providers with disaster experience. This book encompasses the entire scope of disaster medicine from general concepts and fundamental principles to both manmade and natural threats.
The Devil's Flu
Call Number: WC 515 D257C 2000
Publication Date: 2000-10-15
A gripping account of the 1918 flu pandemic and the modern-day hunt for this elusive and deadly virus In 1918, a flu virus more lethal than any that has come along since swept through the world, from the remotest villages in Arctic climates to crowded U.S.cities to the battlefields of Europe, killing forty million people.
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