We’ve mentioned previously how important history is for understanding the science of pandemics and how people respond (good and bad examples). The folks around Seattle Washington have used history in an unusual format to present the need for preparedness and how to begin getting prepared. The comic or “graphic novel” format doesn’t trivialize the problem or the audience. Instead, it can help by removing the reader a step from the grim necessity (as a comic and as a historical dramatization) and by presenting the essence of preparation graphically, followed by resources for further study.
The comics are available now in pdf file format in the following languages. The Avian Flu Diary brought this to attention, http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2008/07/seattle-king-county-no-ordinary-flu.html
To promote pandemic flu preparedness, Public Health – Seattle & King County has developed a 12-page comic book on pandemic flu. Targeting readers of all ages, this story tells the tale of a family’s experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. It also explains the threat of pandemic flu today, illustrates what to expect during a pandemic (such as school closures), and offers tips to help households prepare.
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