What You Should Know About Epidemics

If you have a medical emergency, please contact your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency room.

Children and adolescents may suffer psychological trauma as a result of disease, specifically the type of disease, epidemic, or pandemic which arises suddenly, spreads rapidly and widely, results in death, and may not have a known cure. As there is daily news coverage regarding potential health risks from occurrences of H1N1(swine flu), SARS (severe acute respiratory disease), West Nile Virus, and others, the NCTSN will be compiling and providing information on several diseases to address the common questions of parents and families.

The Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, 2nd edition (PFA), developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, can assist mental health and other practitioners intervening with children and families exposed to disasters, including epidemics. Access PFA in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese by clicking here.

The CDC web site features comprehensive information on other infectious diseases, including influenza, SARS, bird flu, H1N1(swine flu) and West Nile Virus. The Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Flu.gov site provides government-wide information on influenza outbreaks.

Pandemic Flu

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)