[PNWHEALTH] HHS Draft National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan
larsson at u.washington.edu
Fri Aug 27 11:27:03 PDT 2004
Thought you might find this announcement from HHS regarding their
National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan (Draft for
comments) of interest. The URL is in the first paragraph.
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 10:26:46 -0400
From: "Henneghan, Martha (HHS/OS)" <MARTHA.HENNEGHAN at HHS.GOV>
Subject: HHS RELEASE - NATIONAL PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS PLAN
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Date: Aug. 26, 2004
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Sarah Landry, OPHS/NVPO
Headline: HHS ISSUES NATIONAL PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS PLAN
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today unveiled the department's
draft Pandemic Influenza Response and Preparedness Plan, which
outlines a coordinated national strategy to prepare for and
respond to an influenza pandemic. The draft plan can be found
online at <http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/pandemicplan> and is available
for public comment for 60 days.
"This plan will serve as our roadmap on how we as a nation, and
as a member of the global health community, respond to the next
pandemic influenza outbreak, whenever that may be," Secretary
Thompson said. "Our proposed strategy draws upon the wealth of
experience and knowledge we have gained in responding to a number
of recent public health threats, including SARS and avian influenza."
In particular, the plan provides guidance to national, state, and
local policy makers and health departments for public health
preparation and response in the event of pandemic influenza outbreak.
Influenza pandemics are explosive global events in which most, if
not all, persons worldwide are at risk for infection and illness.
While rare, the appearance of such a pandemic virus will likely
be unaffected by currently available flu vaccines that are
modified each year to match the strains of the virus that are
known to be in circulation among humans around the world. Unlike
the gradual changes that occur in the influenza viruses that
appear each year during "flu season," a pandemic influenza virus
is one that represents a major, sudden shift in the virus'
structure that increases its ability to cause illness in a large
proportion of the population. During previous influenza
pandemics large numbers of people were ill, sought medical care,
were hospitalized and died.
Three influenza pandemics occurred during the 20th century. The
most recent influenza pandemic occurred in 1968 with the Hong
Kong Flu outbreak, which resulted in nearly 34,000 deaths in the
United States. In 1957, the Asian flu pandemic resulted in about
70,000 deaths. The most deadly influenza pandemic outbreak was
the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which caused illness in roughly 20
to 40 percent of the world's population and more than 50 million
deaths worldwide. Between September 1918 and April 1919,
approximately 675,000 deaths from the Spanish flu occurred in the
United States alone.
Planning and implementing preparedness activities are critical to
improving the effectiveness of a response and decreasing the
impacts of a pandemic. HHS has increased support for pandemic
influenza activities and is engaged in several efforts to enhance
the nation's preparedness for such an outbreak. HHS supports
pandemic influenza activities in five key areas: surveillance,
vaccine development and production, antiviral stockpiling,
research, and public health preparedness.
This draft plan includes a core section and twelve annexes. The
core plan describes coordination and decision making at the
national level; provides an overview of key issues; and outlines
action steps that should be taken at the national, state, and
local levels before and during a pandemic. Annexes provide
additional information to health departments and private
sector organizations for use in developing local preparedness
plans as well as additional technical information to support the
Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press
materials are available at <http://www.hhs.gov/news>.
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