Swine flu resources

A new strain of swine flu, a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza viruses, was identified in April of 2009. The virus, which broke out in Mexico, spread across the world and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization in June 2009.


  1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

  4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  5. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

  6. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


Your questions

Dr. Deborah Yokoe, an infectious disease specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Dr. Anita Barry, Director of the Infectious Disease Bureau for the Boston Public Health Commission, answered your questions about the swine flu.

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Swine flu kills 540
children, CDC estimates

Swine flu has killed at least 540 children nationally since emerging in the United States in April, according to federal estimates released that provide compelling evidence that the novel virus is making more young people seriously ill than typical seasonal strains. (Boston Globe, 11/12/09)

Diocese altering its rituals
as a swine flu precaution

Catholic Leaders recommended suspending the sharing of handshakes during the "sign of peace" and consecrated wine at Communion during Mass. (Boston Globe, 10/28/09)

Big jump in Mass. flu cases

The state has seen a jump in flu activity this week that has led one Central Massachusetts high school to close and that appears to signify the arrival of the second wave of swine flu. (Boston Globe, 10/24/09)

Swine flu vaccine delayed

Swine flu vaccine shipments to Mass. are running three weeks behind schedule, forcing the state to direct local health departments to cancel vaccine clinics scheduled for next month. (Boston Globe, 10/21/09)

Companies try to get jump on swine flu

Local employers are gearing up for the virus, which the Boston Public Health Commission is cautioning could infect 30 percent of the population this fall and winter. (Boston Globe, 10/14/09)

Back to flu

With schools opening, it's time to prepare for swine strain that targets the young. (Boston Globe, 8/31/09)

Flu onset exposed supply problems

The arrival of swine flu in the United States exposed gaps in the supply chain that delivers medication, masks, and even testing swabs to hospitals and doctors' offices - shortcomings that could prove vastly more worrisome if a deadlier strain returns in the fall, officials say. (By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff)
Alfred DeMaria

Mass. official is Mr. Clean

Alfred DeMaria (left) of the Department of Public Health hopes that his hints and tips about washing up help fight off the swine flu in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)