FLU, 1918 PANDEMIC, AND OTHER OUTBREAKS
Google Flu Trends
Maps and other tools for tracking the flu. Uses aggregated search to track the flu.
Flu Shot Locator
Type in your zip code and find where to get a shot.
Works similar to flu finder. Nice image map of the U.S.
This site “brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.” News archives, press releases, research, etc.
1918 Pandemic Resources
Forbes: Disease Hot Zones
A handy chart showing what countries are dealing with certain lethal diseases.
The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist’s resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM’s server to the user’s server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket’s primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world’s leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters.
Access a database of more than 4,000 English-speaking doctors in 180 countries.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Government site, part of the National Institutes of Health.
A good government health news clearinghouse site. Takes feeds from several departments and agencies.
Health Law Prof Blog: Swine Flu
Articles, links and other helpful information on the outbreak.
New York Times Health Guide: The Flu
Tips on dealing with the flu and new outbreaks, definitions, etc.
Be careful with the accuracy of information found on these tweets.
Facebook: Swine Flu
One of several Facebook pages on the topic.
Updates from the federal government on the pandemic.
Note: We’ve moved the miscellaneous medical/health resources to a new page.
West Nile Virus
State Links on West Nile Virus
Track stats and stories by state’s affected by the disease.
National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC): West Nile Virus Resources
Dozens of studies, definitions and state-by-state breakdowns of how the virus has spread westward in the United States.
State of Maryland: West Nile Virus Information Page
Fact sheet, how to handle a case and links to other resources.
CNN: West Nile Virus Archive
Stories, backgrounders, maps, etc.
CNN FYI: Basics of the West Nile Virus
It’s for science teachers, but journalists can use it too.
Covering the Zika Virus
How Journalists Can Cover the Zika Virus
Video full of tips as well as links/resources from the National Press Foundation.
CDC: Zika Virus
Stats, facts and maps of the virus spread.
PAHO/WHO: Zika Virus Basics
Fact sheets, news updates and more.
PAHO/WHO: Zika Virus Statistics