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Preparing For Pandemic Influenza: What Is It and What You Can Do?

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new Influenza A Virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide. The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. A pandemic is likely to be a prolonged and widespread outbreak that could require temporary changes in many areas of society, such as schools, work, transportation and other public services. An informed and prepared public can take appropriate actions to decrease their risk during a pandemic. Type A can be transferred between humans and animals while seasonal flu is passed from person to person.