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Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness

We are responsible for developing and implementing public health emergency response plans for the city of Philadelphia. We work every day to make sure that Philadelphia is prepared for any kind of public health emergency.

Public health emergencies can be any disaster or crisis that can harm the health of people living in communities throughout Philadelphia. This page will help you to learn about what public health emergencies are, what the PDPH is doing to prepare, and what you can do to get ready.

Because of the H1N1 flu that recently made people sick, we have created a page on pandemic influenza, "Fighting the Flu." Here you can learn the latest about H1N1 (swine) flu and H5N1 (avian) flu, and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your business.