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July 03, 2009

Pandemic Influenza Storybook from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control has released a wonderful Flash online storybook providing personal stories and recollections from survivors of the 1918 and 1957 pandemics.

Pandemic Flu Storybook

Pandemic Influenza Storybook: http://www.cdc.gov/about/panflu/

Sections of the Flash-based storybook include:
- Courage and unbearable loss
- Where there's a will ...
- Sickness comes in hate ...
- 1957 Pandemic Flu

New stories are being added all the time, and people are invited to add stories from their families. One example, the story of Jennie O'Neal Givens tells the story of a teenager who, not understanding the situation, defies her mother to attend a dance during quarantine, which is followed by her mother dying of the flu.

The "Where there's a will" section tells stories of people making ends meet, making creative use of local resources to preserve health and promote survival. The section "Sickness comes in haste" describe the longterm personal impact of the pandemic, how people's lives were shaped, the memories that never left them, how these stories were passed on to their children and grandchildren.

This wonderful resource brings the issues to life, puts a human face on them. It is one of the best ways for people to visualize the implications and possible outcomes of the current pandemic, why the interventions are significant and what has worked best in the past.

Posted by pfa at July 3, 2009 09:32 PM

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