The US entertainment industry has been fascinated with zombies since “Dawn of the Dead” first released in 1978. Since then, countless books, movies, TV shows, and other forms of entertainment have hopped on the ‘zombie bandwagon’. While the root of the morbid fascination with the topic has many answers for many people, there are two questions that we can look at to learn more about how pop culture can make waves in public health/preparedness. Are we really worried about a pandemic zombie virus that causes us to reanimate and become mindless cannibals? National Geographic and American Scientist are both agreeing that a Rabies/Flu hybrid mutation could produce ‘zombie-like’ effects. There is also a fungus, called the Cordyceps fungus, that infects an insect host, controls its body until it outgrows the host, and then explodes from the body. Are any of these things worth ‘worrying’ over, though? Probably not, although the CDC has an entire chunk of its website dedicated to Zombie Preparedness. Makes you wonder what their motives are. Could it be that they are genuinely worried about a zombie disease outbreak? Or are they wisely taking advantage of the popularity of the zombie craze to encourage people to be prepared for a natural disaster or emergency situation? Wisely taking advantage of a pop culture topic to encourage the majority of the population to have an emergency prep kit is only going to aid in emergency/natural disaster relief effort. “It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.” Or at least, that’s what I hear!