As we head into the flu vaccination season, we provide a list of essential information sources
Aventis Pasteur MSD
European vaccine expert and distributor of a range of vaccines and vaccine combinations.
Consumer Health Information Centre
User-friendly site giving information on cold and flu remedies. A good site to recommend to patients who want to know the difference between a cold and the flu.
Department of Health
Produced every one to two months as a current awareness service. This is an academic site but contains useful information and background material.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Provides information on flu, including the mutation of virus strains and vaccination guidelines.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence
The institute's role is to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoratitive and reliable guidance on current best practice. Not the easiest site to navigate, but worth persevering.
Flu Protection Programmes - Alliance Health
Provides resources and services for organisations seeking to protect their workforces against flu. On-site flu protection programmes including: oral anti-viral protection and vaccinations, education and promotion material, diagnostic aids, protocols, enrolment/screening forms, helplines, doctor & nurse provision and consultancy. To subscribe to the free weekly e-mail flu surveillance service starting next month e-mail [email protected]
Public Health Service Laboratory Services
Detailed site offering information on all aspects of public health. Includes news and features on infectious diseases, a news archive and a wealth of information about flu, including details of relevant publications, FAQs on flu, factsheets and links to related sites worldwid