Public health officials are vigilantly monitoring the influenza A(H1N1) virus and have urged countries and communities to implement extra preparations. It is time to prepare, but there is no need to panic.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization are tracking this situation and are the best source for the most up-to-date information as well as for practical guidance on how to protect yourself and your family:

Fortunately, the new virus is treatable with antiviral medications. In addition, public health leaders around the world are accelerating efforts to identify and manufacture appropriate vaccines and reinforce health systems.

Posted April 30, 2009.