Swine Flu

Barbara J. Feldman

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu an official influenza pandemic. Although that sounds quite scary, it simply means that this season’s threat is now global in nature. Learn more about the flu and its impact at these sites.

  • AMNH: Infection, Detection, Prevention5 stars

    "Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth. Some types have existed for billions of years." This great multimedia site from American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) explains microbes and bacteria and the role they play in infection. My favorite clicks are the interactive games sprinkled throughout the site, and the chapter titled "How Lou Got the Flu." But the most important section is Prevention Convention, which includes ten tips for staying healthy. For a two-page color-it-yourself version of the tips, look for the Print & Color link at the bottom of the page.

  • Flu.gov5 stars

    "One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information." Best clicks are Know the Facts, with answers to question such as "What is H1N1 flu?" and "How do you catch swine flu?", and the glossary which defines flu terms from "adjuvant:a substance added to a vaccine to improve the immune response " to "zoonoses: diseases that are transferable from animals to humans." State-specific information is available by clicking on the red US map in the right-hand column.

  • FluTracker3 stars

    Dr. Henry Nima, a medical researcher in Pittsburgh, PA, compiled this world map using data from "official sources, news reports and user-contributions." Unfortunately those sources aren't listed. To view any part of the map in more detail, use the zoom bar or click and hold your left-mouse button to drag the map. To view a text summary of the number of suspected and confirmed swine flu cases, click on any of the round button icons.

  • Reuters.com: Swine Flu5 stars

    As an international news agency, Reuters has an interesting collection of current news items and background pieces about the H1N1 swine flu, presented in a variety of ways including RSS feeds, widgets, mobile, slideshows, podcasts and video. Be sure to visit H1N1 Facts and the Analysis section, which discusses issues such as the flu's threat to the economy. "One of the few certainties about the H1N1 swine flu virus is that it would have to turn much deadlier than it seems right now to cause a major drop in global economic output."

  • WebMD: Swine Flu Slideshow4 stars

    This fifteen slide slideshow from Web M.D. explains the swine flu in layman's language. "Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses aren't the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu doesn't often infect people, and the rare human cases that have occurred in the past have mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. But the current swine flu outbreak is different."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Swine Flu." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 4 Aug. 2009. Web. 3 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/swine-flu/ >.

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  • By . Originally published August 4, 2009. Last modified March 12, 2014.

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