Flu Information

KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

The Kalamazoo Public Library is working hard to limit the spread of seasonal and H1N1 influenza this season. Along with the continued work of our excellent Facilities Managment crew to keep our buildings clean and disinfected, you will see signs posted throughout our locations promoting the proper washing of hands as a key to limiting exposure and spread of influeza. KPL will also increase access to hand sanitizer for times when hand washing is not possible or delayed. 

The websites below have been selected to provide general information and serve as a resource to answer your influenza related questions.

Please be aware that these informational resources are not a substitute for professional health care. Looking for more health information?

Websites

Current area school closings

Up to the minute local school closing information from WWMT channel 3

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

Borgess Health - Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Information

Frequently asked questions about seasonal and H1N1 Influenza from Borgess Health

Bronson Methodist Hospital - Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Information

Includes symptom assessment help and guidelines for seaking medical care from one of our local hospitals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - H1N1 Information

Current information concerning 2009 H1N1 Influenza

Kalamazoo County Government Pandemic Flu Information

Use this site to learn more about Pan Flu and how you can prepare yourself in case there is a global outbreak. 

Article detailing Kalamazoo County's preparations for swine flu

April 28, 2009 Kalamazoo Gazette article outlining Kalamazoo County's preparations to deal with a potential Swine Flu outbreak.

Medline Plus

A good resource for extensive information about the H1N1 Flu. Medline Plus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Reflections on the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccination Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers perspective on the current outbreak with this interesting article about a 1976 outbreak of the H1N1 virus.

Swine Influenza FAQ - World Health Organization

Frequently asked questions published by the World Health Organization on April 26, 2009.

Western Michigan University - Pandemic Influenza

Website outlining Western Michigan University's measures to prepare the campus for a pandemic infuenza event.

World Health Organization - Global Alert and Response - H1N1

Current information concerning pandemic flu from the World Health Organization

Information for Businesses

America's Small Business Development Center Network - Disaster Assistance and Recovery Resources

SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Business Emergency Plan Resources

Resources to prepare businesses to be ready for any kind of emergency, be it hurricane, utility disruption or pandemic flu outbreak.

Flu.gov - Workplace Questions

Provides general information concerning the employer/employee relationship and flu outbreaks. As an overall matter, employers should be guided in their relationship with their employees not only by federal employment law, but by their own employee handbooks, manuals, and contracts (including bargaining agreements), and by any applicable state or local laws.

Occupational Health Issues Associated with H1N1 Flu

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is coordinating with other parts of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address national health needs associated with preventing the spread of H1N1 flu virus and providing information to workers and employers. NIOSH provides technical guidance for workers, including health-care and transportation workers, for whom job-related questions about exposure or infection may be an occupational concern.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Flu Web Site for Businesses

Planning for pandemic influenza by business and industry is essential to minimize a pandemic's impact. This section of the OSHA website will help businesses prepare for a possible flu outbreak.

U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster Preparedness

The materials and resources on this Web site can help small businesses make plans to recover from financial losses and business interruption and to protect their employees, the community and the environment.

Seasonal Flu

American Academy of Pediatrics - Childhood Immunization Support Program

Immunization initiatives and information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Borgess Health - Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Information

Frequently asked questions about seasonal and H1N1 Influenza from Borgess Health

Bronson Methodist Hospital - Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Information

Includes symptom assessment help and guidelines for seaking medical care from one of our local hospitals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Information from the CDC on how to prevent illness and what to do if you do get sick.

Flu.gov

Provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities..

Foreign language flu information - Medline Plus

Influenza information in multiple languages from Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department - Flu Information

General information plus more local data about seasonal flu. 

Medicare - Influenza Information

Flu information from the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare

Medicare - Influenza Information

Flu information from the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare

Michigan Department of Community Health

Provides current information about Swine Flu outbreaks in Michigan.

Western Michigan University - Influenza Information Center

Seasonal flu information from Western Michigan University


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N1H1 flu (Swine Flu) virus (CDC photo)

Information about seasonal and H1N1 (Swine) flu.