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Pandemic Flu and Infectious Disease Prevention

Pandemic Flu and Infectious Disease Prevention

Scientists around the globe continue to warn the public about the risk of a potential pandemic influenza outbreak, which typically strikes three to four times a century. Pandemic flu is caused by a strain of flu virus that is capable of producing severe disease and spreading rapidly person-to-person worldwide. Unlike the seasonal flu, a pandemic flu virus poses a novel threat. Since humans have no previously developed immunity against pandemic flu, this virus strain puts most people at high risk of infection. This could result in a large percentage of the world's population being infected by a rapidly spreading virus in a very short period of time. Though considerable progress has been made in the last few years, much more must be done to prepare for a pandemic.



Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, on Pandemic Flu and Infectious Disease Prevention, click here.

Press Releases

February 4, 2015
Measles Vaccination Rates for Preschoolers Below 90 Percent in 17 States

February 3, 2015
Trust for America’s Health’s Statement on the Public Health Aspects of the President’s Proposed Budget

December 18, 2014
“Outbreaks” Report Finds Gaps in Nation’s Ability to Respond to Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases; 25 States Reach Half or Fewer of Key Indicators

November 12, 2014
TFAH’s Statement on the Administration’s Request for $6 Billion to Fight Ebola and the Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on Ebola

September 18, 2014
TFAH issues Statement on the Threat of Antibiotic Resistance, Recommends Government Take Additional Action

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Business Flu Brochure It's Not Flu As Usual - What Businesses Need to Know About Pandemic Flu Planning

Faith Based Community Flu Brochure It's Not Flu As Usual: What Faith-Based and Community Organizations Need to Know About Pandemic Flu

Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.

HIV Prevention for Gay Men & Men Who Have Sex with Men: Development of a Comprehensive Policy Agenda The President released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (National Strategy) in July 2010 with an aim to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care for people living with HIV and to reduce HIV-related health disparities in the United States. Although the National Strategy identified several priority populations, the document specifically cited CDC surveillance data that reported that gay and bisexual men are the only population in the U.S. where new cases of HIV are rising. In response, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), supported by funding from the M∙A∙C AIDS FUND, convened a meeting of experts on October 26, 2010, to: • Develop a comprehensive public policy agenda to more effectively prevent HIV transmission among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). • Engage HIV/AIDS and gay health advocates to re-think and improve current methods of prevention. • Provide guidance to decision-makers on how to formulate the most effective HIV prevention strategy.

Individuals and Families Flu Brochure It's Not Flu As Usual: What Individuals and Families Need to Know About Pandemic Flu

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