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H1N1 Flu A Guide For Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)

January 1, 2009

To help keep communities healthy during the upcoming flu season, it will take all of us— community and  faith-based organizations, government, businesses, and schools—working together. The federal government  alone cannot prepare for or respond to the challenge of the 2009-2010 flu season.

Leaders and members of community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs), people like you, know their  communities well. As trusted leaders, you can communicate important health information in an effective and motivating manner. You know the people in your community who are most vulnerable and hard-to-reach.  Organizations like yours are uniquely positioned to help keep people healthy during the 2009-2010 flu season.

In addition to providing information about 2009 H1N1 flu and current response activities, this guide provides specific action steps you can take to help keep your community healthy by:

Communicating health information effectively; Supporting vaccination efforts; Linking vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations to vital information and resources; and Expanding and adjusting organizational activities to help people stay healthy.

Since there is a great deal of variation among CFBOs, different parts of this document will be more relevant to your organization than others. Use this guide to help inform your response to both 2009-2010 seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu. Remember to be creative as you design a response plan that is relevant and useful to the people you serve.