H1N1 Special Edition
Novel H1N1 is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. First detected in the United States in April 2009, this virus spreads from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. Though the majority of cases continue to be mild, some cases – usually in children, pregnant women, and people with underlying health conditions – have been more severe. That's why the federal government is funding a national H1N1 vaccine program that is likely to start early on this fall. For more about seasonal flu click here.
A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; the virus causes serious illness and spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization declared H1N1 (Swine) flu a national pandemic. (Sources: University of Rochester Medical Center, Flu.gov)
Public Television Stations, and the producers of Public TV's health series Second Opinion, have undertaken a comprehensive effort to help people clear up confusion about H1N1 and seasonal flu. Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition is an hour-long program that includes panelists from the CDC, major hospitals and public health departments. Questions are taken from a studio audience and from viewers in select states hard-hit by the flu pandemic. This program is available in local communities on PBS (check your local TV listings), and is also available on local public radio stations (check local listings).
This special edition of Second Opinion was funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and by USA TODAY.
NPR: H1N1: The Second Wave Coverage
There are a very large number of organizations dedicated to helping people with H1N1 and their families and friends. This is only a partial list.
For over 60 years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.
Each week Centers for Disease Control analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView.
Flu.gov provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease.
|The University of Rochester Medical Center|
One of the nation's top academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions.
|Mayo Clinic||Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.|
|The U.S. Food and Drug Administration||The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation|