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Pandemic flu | Pandemics and infectious disease | Birmingham City Council

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Pandemic flu

Influenza (flu) is one of the most likely viruses to cause a pandemic - the worldwide spread of an epidemic. Unlike a normal flu virus, which is seasonal (October to May in the UK), a flu pandemic can occur at any time.

Swine flu

Swine flu is a fairly new strain of flu, and was responsible for a pandemic during 2009 to 2010. Vaccination against swine flu is included in the annual flu vaccine.

Read the NHS guidance on swine flu

Bird (avian) flu

Avian flu is a disease of birds, and risks to public health are low. Members of the public should report dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead birds such as gulls or birds of prey to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on 03459 335577.

Read the NHS guidance on bird flu