April 01, 2006


 Federal government creates Web site on pandemic influenza

Posted March 15, 2006

PandemicFlu.gov is the government's new Web site for providing information about pandemic and avian influenza, including information about bird and animal issues.

The Department of Health and Human Services is the managing sponsor of the site, which President Bush launched during a Nov. 1 speech. PandemicFlu.gov provides information for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.

Sections of the site address subjects such as planning and response; monitoring outbreaks; health and safety; tests, vaccines, and medications; global activities; travel; and research activities. The section about bird and animal issues includes information on protecting birds and other animals, protecting workers, and surveillance.

PandemicFlu.gov is part of the HHS Risk Communication and Public Engagement Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. The government plans to develop the site in two phases. The first phase will focus on existing content about pandemic and avian influenza available through the Web from the U.S. and state governments. The second phase will be a broader outreach to all federal departments and nongovernmental partners.

A subgroup under the HHS Interagency Public Affairs Group on Influenza Preparedness and Response is responsible for reviewing structure and content of the site.