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Zika Communication Planning Guide for States

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In order to meet state, local, and territorial health department goals for the Zika response, clear, consistent, and frequent communication ensures that people receive and understand information that can help them make decisions. Communication with the public will foster behaviors to prevent the spread of Zika and protect pregnant woman and their pregnancies.

This planning guide provides states with resources to develop adapted communication strategies for their state including:

  • Information on the purpose and use of CDC’s key messages and how to get updates.
  • Communication outreach products including fact sheets, infographics, posters, videos, and CDC’s Digital Press Kit.
  • Clinical communications products including the clinical guidance, Health Alert Network, MMWRs, and Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) deliverables.
Zika Communication Guide for States


Zika Communication Planning for States

•  English [PDF-12 pages]
•  Spanish [PDF – 12 pages]

Poster - Pregnant? Warning: Zika might be linked to birth defects. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection. Protect yourself from mosquito bitesPrint Resources

These documents provide digestible and need-to-know information about Zika virus for a variety of audiences. All the documents are designed for print and web use.

Pregnant? Read this before you travel infographic thumbnailInfographics

CDC’s infographics provide high level overviews of important information regarding Zika virus.

Screenshot of Dr. Anne SchuchatVideos

These Zika-related videos are available to provide background on Zika virus and other information for different audiences.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention MMWR ZikaGuidance Documents

CDC publications for physicians and public health practitioners. MMWRs provide the latest research findings, case reports, and clinical guidance related to the current Zika virus outbreak.

Pregnant and worried about Zika? infographic thumbnailZika Prevention Kits

These documents provide detailed information on what products people building a Zika prevention kit should use to maximize their protection.

Person applying insect repellant to a child's armPhoto Resources

CDC public health images. CDC welcomes public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentations, and public health messages.

Illustration of a pregnant woman holding her stomach and a mosquito

Zika Update Podcasts

These podcasts are designed to highlight the most important need to know information about Zika virus and its effects.

Aedes aegypti mosquito

Digital Press Kit

Videos, photos, spokesperson biographies, releases, MMWR reports, and other relevant information for members of the media.

Health Alert Network logoHealth Alert Network (HAN)

CDC’s primary method of sharing cleared information about urgent public health incidents with public information officers; federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners; clinicians; and public health laboratories.

Image of a laptop and a telephoneClinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

Provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.

CDC Traveler's HealthTravelers’ Health Notices

CDC’s Travelers’ Health Team provides updated information on travel notices for the general public in relation to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.

mosquitoZika Microsite

A collection of real time Zika virus information for distribution or addition to a website.

Illustration of a man conversing with a doctor

Zika Key Messages
English [PDF – 35 pages] | Spanish [PDF – 43 pages] | Spanish for Puerto Rican Audiences [PDF – 42 pages]

A collection of the most up-to-date and cleared information on the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.

Prevent Zika: Avoid Zika by preventing mosquito bites. Zika Images
English [ZIP – 2.3 MB] | Spanish [ZIP – 2.6 MB]

A collection images used in Zika fact sheets and posters.

Illustration of a megaphone

Zika Communication Toolkits

Toolkits with tailored communication materials for various groups to use when preparing for local transmission of Zika virus in the United States.