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No Ordinary Flu (Comic Book)


No Ordinary Flu is a comic that illustrates a compelling story through the eyes of a survivor of the 1918 pandemic and connects to the present-day threat, including crucial preparedness messages.   It is designed to communicate pandemic flu preparedness messages to limited-English-proficient, non-English-proficient, and low-literacy groups.   Developed by the Public Health-Seattle & King County APC No Ordinary Flu: 

  • Graphically depicts what a pandemic might look like (e.g., empty schoolyards, crowded hospitals, people spaced apart from one another)
  • Makes the prospect of a pandemic more concrete by showing that it has happened in the past
  • Demonstrates through illustration how individuals can prepare (e.g., illustrations of food and supplies in storage)
  • Helps audiences visualize how everyday life will change in a pandemic so that they can “mentally rehearse” what an actual pandemic might entail

Format: Comic Book

Primary Toolkit:

APC Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Advanced Practice Centers, Pandemic Influenza


Institutional Author:

Public Health -- Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center





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