In order to get the information, health updates, and alerts that you’re concerned about, check out the social media playground this season’s flu is playing on. I’ve consolidated 12 Flu Tweeps to follow, Facebook pages to fan, and other websites that offer awesome, easy to understand information about this proclaimed pandemic!
Flu Resources – Includes links to official government health and flu resources, information to share with co-workers
Social Media – Easily track influential outbreaks in your area (and internationally), follow Flu tweets, and get Facebook updates instantly AND directly from the government sponsored resources.
Flu Resource Websites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website
- Free printable materials – includes flyers, posters, stickers, and toolkits.
CDC Social Media for H1N1
- Buttons for your website/blog
- eCards – send good health
- Flickr Photos – H1N1 images
- Mobile site – visit from your mobile devices
- Txt Messaging – text HEALTH to 87000 (3 messages/wk)
- Widgets –up to date, credible health information on your website/blog
- Interactive Maps – find state resources, news on seasonal and N1H1 flu, state health department RSS feeds and Twitter updates
WHO’s H1N1 website
- World Health Organization offers worldwide updates and news feeds including a RSS feed for the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.
- WHO news via Twitter @WhoNews
- Information for individuals, businesses, FAQs, etc.
Flu Trending across the US, Australia, & New Zealand
Google Flu Trends – Google’s done it again! Based on aggregated Google search data to estimate the current flu activity for the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico (still experimental phase.) You can track the United States or by state.
Flu-related and Informative Facebook Pages:
- Flu.gov – Stream reliable, up-to-date information through Facebook!
- CDC – just one of many social media tools provided by the CDC.
- American Lung Association – Fighting to help you breathe better!
12 Official Flu Tweeps to Follow:
- @FluGov – One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.
- @CDCEmergency – CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: increasing the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
- @CDCFlu – For flu-related updates from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
- @whonews – World Health Organization’s (WHO) official tweets…get official news about the H1N1 pandemic, as soon as it develops!
- @WSJHealthBlog – “The Wall Street Journal Health Blog offers news and analysis on health and the business of health.”
- @riskcomm – bulletins from the WHO and PAHO (Pan American Health Organization).
- @LungAssociation – “The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.”
- @pahowho – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with over 100 years of experience working to improve health and living standards of the people of the Americas.
- @RedCross – “Official twitter stream for the American Red Cross. Follow us for disaster and preparedness updates.”
- @Reuters_FluNews – “Reuters coverage of the emerging swine flu outbreak”
- @PublicHealth – “The American Public Health Association works to protect Americans from health threats.”
- @GetReady – “APHA’s Get Ready campaign is helping Americans prepare for all health hazards, including pan flu, infectious diseases, disasters and other health emergencies.”
Stream videos from official government health agencies: