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Flu Pandemics in France


Various strains of influenza spread rapidly and can cause concerns of a pandemic. Most recently the A/H1N1 "swine flu" virus has caused concern worldwide; the H5N1 "bird flu" virus has also caused trouble by spreading rapidly through livestock.

Information is always readily available in the media (print news and TV) and from government organisations.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) monitors health issues within the United Nations country.

  • WHO have more information on the swine flu pandemic A/H1N1

Information for France

France has a dedicated service to address concerns of citizens and residents.

Up-to-date information is available via Info pandémie grippale, a telephone service (in French) open Monday to Saturday from 09:00-19:00.

  • Info grippe: Tel: 0825 302 302 (0,15 euros per minute)

Swine flu - A/H1N1 virus

Swine flu vaccinations are available at specialised centres (centre de vaccination) and at the general practitioners.

Avian Influenza - the H5N1 bird flu virus

The French Government have information on the measures being taken to deal with Avian Influenza.

For up-to-date information and advisories in a specific area, it's recommended to contact the local town hall (mairie).

Outbreaks in France affecting animals

In the event of an outbreak of a pandemic affecting livestock, regulations concerning keeping, transporting and selling of live animals is handled at a regional level. For information relevant to each department, contact the local Services Véterinaires (Veterinary Services) for the department concerned.

Information in English

WHO, the World Health Organisation, is responsible for coordinating the global response to human cases of avian flu and provides information in English.

Official Consular Information - Pandemics Affecting Humans

Consulates provide information for their nationals in the possible event of pandemic influenza.