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Get Ready for Upcoming Flu Season

Kate Traynor

Influenza season starts soon, and immunization programs typically kick off in the fall. Find out more about influenza and how you can prepare for the flu bug's arrival. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)—This site has information about vaccine availability for the 2000-2001 influenza season. It also provides general and epidemiological information about the flu. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)—Is it a cold or the flu? Compare the symptoms and see which is more likely. (Food and Drug Administration)—The FDA discusses safe use of recently approved prescription drugs to treat influenza. (American Lung Association)—This nonprofit organization answers some of patients' frequently asked questions about influenza. (PDF) (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)—This comprehensive but not overly technical review of influenza was funded by unrestricted educational grants from Pasteur Merieux Connaught, Roche Pharmaceuticals, and GlaxoWellcome Inc. 

Wondering how an influenza pandemic might affect your health system? Check out FluAid, a test version of software created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.