How are pandemic, avian and seasonal flu different?

Pandemic Flu

Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of disease that occurs when a new influenza A virus to which people have little or no immunity appears in humans then spreads easily from person to person. Currently, there is no pandemic flu or influenza.

Avian Flu

Avian or "bird flu" is caused by avian influenza viruses, which occur naturally among birds.

Seasonal Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. In Kansas, the peak of the season is generally January or February. Vaccinations are available for seasonal flu in the fall of each year.

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1. What is pandemic influenza?
2. How are pandemic, avian and seasonal flu different?
3. What´s the difference between seasonal and pandemic influenza?
4. When is the next flu pandemic expected?
5. What risks do Kansans face from an influenza pandemic?
6. Does a flu shot protect against pandemic flu?
7. Are there any other treatments for pandemic flu?
8. What should I be doing to protect my family and me?
9. How can Kansans prepare for pandemic influenza?