PandemicFlu.gov: Public Health in the Connected Age...

(Originally posted on the Connect Health Care Blog)

The Federal government has launched an intensive web-driven campaign through a new platform at PandemicFlu.gov to disseminate information on potential pandemic-level flu outbreaks. Each state has its own sub-site linked into the broader federal platform, with an impressive coordination of relevant information across a large network of local interests.

Several other Federal, State and NGO information outlets have also done a great job of distributing tools to connected citizens that can be used to quickly share and discover information across web-based communities. Some examples include:

CDC Index of Public Health Social Media Tools
CDC YouTube Channel
CDC Swine Flu Portal
WHO Influenza A(H1N1)
CDC-TV (see below)
Red Cross Pandemic Influenza Portal

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Social media tools are readily available to bloggers through both the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which both have over a dozen unique embeddable widgets which automatically update with the latest public health information.

The State Department and DoD have information geared to American's living abroad or with global connections which may leave an individual particularly vulnerable.

State Department Pandemic Influenza Fact Sheet
Obama on Swine Flu

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