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Pandemic Influenza

Pandemic Flu

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. Pandemic flu occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. It is difficult to predict when the next pandemic influenza will occur or how severe it will be, yet there is a valid reason to be concerned about pandemic influenza reaching Colorado

Colorado has experienced four pandemic influenza outbreaks in the last century (1918, 1957, 1968 and 2009). Today’s mobile society increases the chances of pandemic influenza reaching the state.

How Does This Affect You?
You’ve heard the stories on the news. Maybe you’ve even read the warnings from public health officials. The prospect of pandemic flu is frightening. Not only is pandemic flu possible, it is probable. It could happen this year, or it could be many years from now, but it is inevitable.

To get an overview about why this is, and how being informed and prepared can help you if and when an outbreak occurs, read our Pandemic Influenza Plan Summary.



Additional Influenza Background:



Pandemic Readiness and Planning



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