• When you hear "pandemic" you might think of past catastrophes like the Spanish Flu or the Asian Flu, which affected millions worldwide. Is the H1N1 flu virus going to be the same? Is there anything you can do?

  • The ongoing concern that a pandemic is primed to strike the world is warranted in many respects, but some experts wonder if the current situation smacks of the "plague that wasn't" of 1976. Back then, concerns over a swine flu pandemic - which turned out to be false - led to a nationwide vaccination program that was mired in complications, including 30 deaths.

  • Historians believe that humans have been pounded by flu pandemics at various times for at least four hundred years. But a flu pandemic is a rare event, taking place only two or three times a century. On the other hand, every year we experience a seasonal flu epidemic. There's no question it's contagious, passing from person to person.

  • Many people wonder how real the threat is. If a pandemic struck, how capable we would be to handle it? Read on to find out answers to some important questions.

  • If we were hit with a flu pandemic, it would spread the same way regular flu circulates. The virus would stow away in tiny droplets that spray from an infected person's cough or sneeze. You could catch the flu simply by standing too close to a sick person who's hacking or sneezing, or by touching a door handle after him.

  • Get a better understanding of what the World Health Organization's pandemic levels mean.

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