Friday, 23 November 2007


It's that time of year again when we all start wondering if this is the year when we will have a huge outbreak of flu and drop like flies. Luckily there are lots of places to find the latest information.

NHS direct, which has information for patients, has an explanation of what flu is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get it.

The Department of Health provides guidance on flu, and some useful links. Some of the guidance covers pandemic flu.

The Health Protection Agency has epidemiological information, factsheets and more guidance.

Finally CKS - Clinical Knowledge Summaries - has information to help decision making on flu vaccination.

Anyone wanting to know what a real flu pandemic looks like will find no shortage of information on the web about the pandemic that hit after World War l. The Health protection Agency has a page covering the history of flu pandemics, the Wellcome Trust ponders Spanish flu while Wikipedia has a comprehensive page with pictures, graphs and lots of links.

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