News & Articles


  • Pandemic Influenza

    Public health experts warn pandemic influenza poses a significant risk to the United States and the world—only its timing, severity, and exact strain remain uncertain. International, Federal, State, local, and tribal government agencies are diligently planning for the public health response to this potential pandemic. The disease could be severe and could affect our critical infrastructure and our nation’s economic and social security. It is important that you take action.


  • Daniel Jernigan (CDC) Discusses the 2011-2012 Influenza Season

    Dr. Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH, is the deputy director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Jernigan explains that while influenza is common, it's also very serious. He tells us why it's important to get vaccinated during flu season. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age or older get vaccinated against influenza.

  • Contagion: From Simple Cough to Global Pandemic

    The rapid spread of a global infection, as witnessed in “Contagion,” is scary, but is it realistic? Director of the Emory Global Health Institute Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPD, has worked on virtually every major public health issue of the past few decades, including infectious diseases such as smallpox, HIV/AIDS, and SARS. Koplan, a former director of the CDC and current president of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, discusses the threat of pandemic diseases in this September 2011 Emory University video.