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Flu Patient Education Materials

Patient Educational materials about flu, including swine flu, with emphasis on materials available in other languages.

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Patient education resources for flu relevant to multilingual and low literacy populations.

Centers for Disease Control
CDC's page with flu information produced in languages common among the refugee communities in the US.

Medline Plus
This site has a variety of flu resources in multiple languages.

Public Health - Seattle & King County

  • Influenza fact sheets available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.
  • 12-page comic book on pandemic flu in 23 languages. Targeting readers of all ages, this story tells the tale of a family's experience with the 1918 influenza pandemic. It also explains what to expect in a severe pandemic and offers tips to help households prepare. The comic book is available online in PDF format and free hard copies are available to order (for street addresses in King County, WA).

Swine Flu (H1N1)

In 2009, a new influenza virus of swine origin circulated in the United States and internationally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the H1N1 virus that caused that pandemic is now a regular human flu virus that continues to circulate seasonally worldwide.  The current flu vaccine provides protection against the H1N1 strain.

For more information about this flu, please see the CDC website:

Centers for Disease Control


Harborview Medical Center - Swine Flu Videos

In an effort to reach the immigrant and refugee populations during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, some video resources were created to provide information in languages other than English.   These videos were done by Harborview Medical Center and narrated by medical interpreters at HMC.  These videos are kept here for reference purposes and they are approximately 5-7 minutes in length.

Amharic     Mien    Spanish
Cantonese     Oromo    Tigrinya
Khmer     Russian    Vietnamese
Mandarin     Somali  


View the English text used in the videos.

Related Websites with Translated Swine Flu Resources

  1. ECHO - in partnership with the Minnesota Dept. of Public Health  has created video, audio, print and other resources on H1N1 and Flu in multiple languages. 
  2. MedlinePlus
    Click on Health Topics to find H1N1 - currently only have Spanish translation.
  3. Patient Education Institute
    The Patient Education Institute has H1N1 Flu tutorial, illustrated handout, and video. The materials are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic (select language for list of topics)
  4. Selected Patient Information in Asian Languages (SPIRAL): This site has a some additional links to Asian language resources.