Health Threats


Pandemic Flu

An influenza pandemic involves these characteristics:

  • A new influenza A virus.
  • There is little or no immunity in the human population.
  • The virus begins to cause serious illness.
  • It spreads easily from person to person worldwide.

What you can do to prepare for a pandemic:

  • Ask your healthcare provider about the signs and symptoms of a specific disease outbreak. He or she can recommend steps you can take to decrease your risk.
  • Take care of yourself, and take common-sense steps to stop the spread of germs: wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your arm, and stay home when you’re sick.

The Virginia Department of Health offers detailed information about pandemic flu in Virginia. is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health and others that offers information about flu pandemics.

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