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Preparedness and Community Response to H1N1

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The earliest recognized case of the 2009 Novel H1N1 (then referred to as "Swine Flu") occurred in Mexico on March 17, 2009. On April 15, 2009 laboratory tests confirm H1N1 infection in California. By the end of May 2009, every U.S. region was affected, as were 48 countries around the world, by this novel influenza virus.

This course provides an overview of the 2009 Novel H1N1 pandemic, a real-life case study that reinforces the CPHP course "Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics."


Estimated time to complete is 1 hour.


Original course launched April 2010.

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms and complications of the flu
  • Identify who is most at risk of developing complications from 2009 Novel H1N1
  • Explain the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic
  • Recognize the historical context of influenza
  • Summarize how 2009 Novel H1N1 became a pandemic
  • Describe the characteristics of the influenza virus, including its ability to change
  • Identify and explain the WHO Pandemic periods and phases
  • Explain the origins of 2009 Novel H1N1
  • Describe how to stay healthy during a pandemic
  • Explain vaccination options for the 2009 Novel H1N1


Free and open to the public.


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