Pandemic influenza

Best defence

    We face a global influenza pandemic, but each individual has the ability to protect his or herself and family. Five simple steps are recommended, no matter where one lives, works or plays in the world. Wash your hands Cover your mouth Keep your distance Separate your sick Dispose of your waste To spread the message of the importance of personal protection during an influenza pandemic, the Red Cross R...

Influenza A (H1N1)

Influenza A (H1N1): IFRC working hard in the post-pandemic period

In June 2009 the WHO declared a global pandemic of influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu. The IFRC is playing a lead role in dealing with and mitigating this pandemic.

Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness Programme

Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness Programme

The Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness Programme has been developed to assist vulnerable communities respond to an influenza pandemic.

Avian influenza

Avian influenza

The last avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak peaked in 2003 and affected wild birds and poultry in more than 65 countries. The H5N1 virus has crossed from birds to humans, but is not yet spreading easily from one person to another. However, it could ...

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