Pandemic influenza is a global event in which most, if not all, populations worldwide are at risk for infection and illness. In past pandemics, influenza viruses have spread worldwide within months and are expected to spread even more quickly today given modern travel patterns.
The Riverside County Department of Public Health is working with other local, state and federal agencies to prepare for the possibility of an influenza pandemic. Individuals also need to take action to be better prepared. It is important to stay informed and plan ahead for an influenza pandemic. This web site presented to you by the Riverside County Department of Public Health will act as a great resource for your planning and preparedness efforts as well as provide information on influenza.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious flu complications.
Pandemic influenza refers to strains of flu that spread rapidly from person to person to create a world-wide pandemic. This occurs because little or no people have immunity to a specific influenza virus.
Avian influenza –commonly called “bird flu” - is an infection caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally in birds.