Influenza (flu) is an infectious viral disease that causes significant morbidity and mortality every year. Different strains of flu circulate annually, and the number and severity of cases can hinge on how well aligned the circulating strains are with that season's vaccine and on how likely the circulating strains are to cause severe disease. Influenza can place a significant burden on the healthcare system, as even in a year with average flu activity, doctor's visits and hospital admissions peak around flu season. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new (also known as “novel”) strain of flu enters the human population and spreads globally.
NCDMPH has gathered educational resources to foster resilience through learning. The organization of this content is intended to facilitate self-directed learning as well as provide materials for educators. This is an ongoing effort and we will continue to add to this list of resources. Help contribute to "a nation of resilient communities" by educating yourself and others on disaster health topics related to influenza.