GovBenefits.gov Will Help You Prepare for Predicted Bird Flu Arrival
Health officials are urging Americans to take precautions - a new flu strain called Avian Influenza, or more widely known as Bird Flu, could begin swooping its way into the states this season. Commonly found in infections, scientists are concerned the virus could mutate to a strain that could be passed more easily from person to person.

What can you do?
According to the Centers for Disease control, you as a general rule, you should observe wildlife, including wild birds, from a distance, protecting you from possible exposure to pathogens. However, if you do have contact with wildlife do not rub eyes, eat, drink, or smoke before washing hands with soap and water. Also, do not pick up diseased or dead wildlife. Contact your state, tribal, or federal natural resource agency if a sick or dead animal is found. For more information vist the Centers for Disease Control Web site.


GovBenefits.gov also has benefit program information that can help. Agencies can check out:


Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant
The PHHS block grant is used to support clinical services, preventive screening, laboratory support, outbreak control, workforce training, public education, data surveillance, and program evaluation targeting such health problems as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, emergency medical services, injury and violence prevention, infectious disease, environmental health, community fluoridation, and sex offenses. Because of the variance in the allowable uses of the funds, no two states allocate their block grant resources in the same way, and no two states provide similar amounts of funding to the same program or activities. A strong emphasis is being placed on adolescents, communities with little or poor health care services, and disadvantaged populations. The states depend on the block grant to support public health funding where no other adequate resources are available. For more information, visit the Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant Program.


Families can check out:


Health and Human Services' Immunization Grants
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program purchases vaccines for children in certain eligibility groups (see below) who can't afford to buy vaccines. Doctors can get these vaccines for their patients who qualify by joining the VFC program in their state.

The Section 317 Immunization program assists state and local health departments in purchasing vaccines. This program serves children and adults who primarily go to health departments for immunization services but are not eligible for the VFC program. For more information, visit the Immunization Grants Program.