Pandemic flu is a rare, but recurring event that is more widespread than the usual seasonal flu. It can occur during any time of the year, not just when seasonal flu is expected. No one can predict when the pandemic flu outbreak will occur, but many public health officials worldwide concur that it is a matter of "when" and not "if". A pandemic influenza is an outbreak of a new flu virus to which people have no immunity and for which there is no vaccine, occurring on multiple continents at the same time.
During a pandemic in the United States, as many as four in 10 school-age children would become sick, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many teachers, students, and staff members would also be ill or need to care for ill family members and not be able to report to work. The effects on our schools could be staggering. In some cases, schools may be required to close for an extended period of time.
The following links provide resources to assist schools and individuals in their efforts to respond to the flu outbreak and to plan for a possible influenza pandemic. Resources are divided into the following two areas: