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Pandemic Influenza Information Site for Workplace and Workforce Planning


International

 

 


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International Resources


 
World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
New Zealand
Canada
European Union
Other

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Canada

    Contributed by Stewart Sampson Provincial Mgr, OH&S Prof. Svcs, OH&S Div., Nova Scotia Dept of Environ. & Labour

 


    Canadian Pandemic Influenza Committee and affiliated Working Groups. Public Health Agency of Canada


  • Vancouver Coastal Health

  • has a large, detailed Regional Pandemic Influenza Response Plan  which includes a "Private Sector" chapter of 23 pages, focussing on such issues as business continuity (and closure), customer relations, suppliers, and "Private Sector Responsibilities".


  • CFIA: Lessons Learned Review

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Response to the 2004 Avian Influenza Outbreak in British Columbia, January 10, 2005


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World Health Organization

 

  • Swine Flu, H1N1, beginning April 27, 2009

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  • Influenza pandemic threat: current situation

    Given the unpredictable behaviour of influenza viruses, neither the timing nor the severity of the next pandemic can be predicted with any certainty. Information on these pages has been compiled to help policy-makers and the public stay informed in a situation that is rapidly evolving.

    Avian influenza: assessing the pandemic threat Acrobat This 64 page review includes a terrific historical and policy review.

 

  • Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)

  • Overvew site, with links to news and frequently updated sites, many listed below.

 

  • WHO pandemic influenza draft protocol for rapid response and containment

    • Background

    • Recognizing the event: detection, investigation, and reporting of early signals
    • Verifying the event: risk assessment, immediate control measures and deployment of international field teams
    • Containing the event: rapid response and containment operation
    • Phase one: standard measures to reduce transmission
    • Phase two: exceptional measures, including use of the antiviral stockpile
    • Deployment of the antiviral stockpiles for containment operation
    • Annex 1: Flow chart for influenza response and containment operations
    • Annex 2: Planning, preparedness and reporting guidelines for the WHO global stockpile of antivirals
    • Annex 3: SOP for requesting and distributing the WHO global stockpile of antivirals
    • Annex 4: Roles and responsibilities of countries and WHO in rapid response and containment
    • Annex 5: WHO operational communications

    Contributed: Bill Kojola, Dept. of Occupational Safety and Health, AFL-CIO

     

  • WHO in the Western Pacific Regional Office

  • "The Western Pacific Regional Office, located in Manila, the Philippines, represents WHO in the Asia Pacific."

    • Local Influenza (bird & human) case Map
    • Periodic local narrative updates
  • Current level of alert

     
    • WHO Outbreak Communication WHO Handbook for Journalists Acrobat: Influenza Pandemic Updated December 2005. 24 page PDF file. Table of contents:
      • Reporting on the pandemic: Why it will be newsworthy
      • Influenza: the Basics
      • The great unknowns: Why there are no certain answers for the big questions
      • Questions that can be answered
      • Public health tools: antivirals, vaccines and other interventions
      • WHO global pandemic phases
      • Pandemic preparedness: What is being done now
      • WHO web resources and links
      • Bird flu: the role of science journalists
  • Clinical Materials

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    • WHO Rapid Advice Guidelines on pharmacological management of humans infected with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus
    • Evidence-based recommendations based on availability (or not) of neuraminidase inhibitors, including variable treatment regimens for critically ill, less sick and family contacts.

      Summary page or comprehensive document Acrobat is available. May 2006
    • WHO Interim Guidelines for the Protection of Persons Involved in the Mass Slaughter of Animals Potentially Infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses

 

  • Basic facts and dates

 

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  • Introductory Page
    • UK Health Departments’ Influenza pandemic contingency plan October 2005 ( Acrobat , 581K)
    • A guide from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for healthcare professionals and the public.
    • Important information for you and your family
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Contingency planning guidance
    • Guidance for pandemic influenza: infection control in hospitals and primary care settings
    • Pandemic influenza slide set

 


 

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  • Thurday 27 October 2005 Press release: "Bird flu shows need to strengthen Europe's defences against infectious disease" says ECDC Director
  • Risk Assessment Acrobat Interim Risk on the risk to human health from H5N1 bird flu

 

Other Countries' Plans

Mexico (says this link is English, but it's not)
Singapore Avian Flu Precautions for Workplace

Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Special Supplement, Medical Journal of Australia, Nov 20, 2006

 

For questions: e-mail OHDEN's moderator, Gary Greenberg, MD