Health Care Services
Health-care providers will play a crucial role in the event of a pandemic. Planning for pandemic influenza is key. The checklists, toolkit, and guidelines at the link above will assist health-care providers and service organizations in planning for a pandemic outbreak.
World Health Organization - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)
WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on their page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public.
Guidelines for Avian
Influenza A (H5N1) Human Cases in California
California is in a key location to be one of the
first states possibly affected given its many ports of entry and
frequent traffic from Asia. Surveillance
for influenza is important to rapidly identify the importation of
pandemic strains into California.
UNC School of Public Health, Preparedness Center Training Site: Avian Influenza http://www2.sph.unc.edu/nccphp/training/avian_flu/certificate.htm
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC-CH School of Public Health and are equivalent to graduate level content.
* Understand how Avian Influenza is a threat to the public's health
* Understand what Avian Influenza is and how it relates to human influenza
* Understand the epidemiology and transmissibility of Avian Influenza
This training addresses the following public health and/or emergency preparedness and response competencies. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies listed below.)
The School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, Center for Public Health Preparedness
Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics
This introductory course on pandemic influenza will help the learner understand why this virus is capable of producing worldwide outbreaks. Participants will explore the epidemiology, historical context, and response efforts related to both seasonal and worldwide influenza outbreaks.
At the end of this course, learners will be competent to describe the public health role in emergency response during an influenza outbreak or pandemic and to recognize unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action. Additionally, learners will be able to describe their functional role(s) in emergency response and apply flexible thinking to unusual challenges within their functional role. Several activities are designed to help the learner identify personal limits of knowledge, skill, and authority and direct the learner to useful resources when these limits have been exceeded. Refer to the Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response (link opens PDF document in new window).
This course is free and open to the public. Click here to begin.
International Society for Infectious Diseases
ProMED-mail, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases
The global electronic reporting system for outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases & toxins, open to all sources. ProMED-mail, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
Masks & Respirators
The first things many people think about relative to preparing for a pandemic are masks and respirators. Much incorrect, incomplete, and confusing information about surgical mask and respirator use has been disseminated on the Internet and by other popular media. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued guidance on the use of masks and respirators in an influenza pandemic.