Resources on H1N1 Flu Target Harder-to-Reach Populations
Dec 14, 2009
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several online resources that provide information on seasonal and H1N1 flu, including print materials. The latest set of resources includes fliers targeted to individuals who may be harder to reach with health messages, such as those who do not have internet access or who have trouble reading. A voluntary outreach effort is underway to help disseminate this information. Suggested action steps include:
- Post the appropriate flyers on websites, community newsletters, bulletin boards, and social media links.
- Print and hand out the fliers and post in public areas to reach those who do not have computer access.
- Use regional, state, and local community partners to pass on the information.
- Help people find vaccines available in their area by going to Flu.gov.
Child care and early education providers can be an important partner in sharing information with families in their communities. In addition to taking advantage of federal guidelines for responding to flu season in their own settings, early childhood settings can participate in this outreach effort to promote good health at home.
The newest resources include the following four fact sheets, available in multiple versions.
- "Protect yourself from H1N1. Get the vaccine." Multiple versions available, including in English featuring multicultural communities and in Spanish.
- "You and the H1N1 flu vaccine," available in English and Spanish.
- "Children should get the vaccine," available in English and Spanish.
- "Cover your cough," available in English and Spanish.
Additional one-page handouts are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Further resources include a Myths & Facts web page answering common questions and rumors about H1N1 flu and the CDC hotline: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), available in English and Spanish 24-hours a day, seven days a week.