OHDEN, the Occupational Health Disaster Expert Network

Pandemic Influenza Information Site for Workplace and Workforce Planning


Federal / US

 

 


Flu virus EM image from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ICTVdb


Governmental Sites, US


CDC

    US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 

PandemicFlu.gov

    a compendium of resources by Department of Health & Human Services. It includes recommendations to:

  • Government

    • Federal

    • State & Local

  • Individuals & Families

  • Businesses (featured here)

  • Schools

  • Community Organizations

  • Healthcare Providers


Miscellaneous Agencies

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

(see also PandemicFlu.gov)


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  • New material regarding H1N1 Swine Influenza

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  • Risk Communication, Leadership

    • Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Course (CERC)
      • This is a fast-paced, interactive course that gives participants essential knowledge and tools to navigate the harsh realities of communicating to the public, media, partners and stakeholders during an intense public health emergency, including terrorism.

        The course consists of 12 self-contained modules that can be arranged to meet the crisis communication training needs of distinct groups (e.g., public health professionals, medical and health professionals, first responders, community and civic leaders as well as volunteer organizations) at the local, state and federal levels.

        Module topics include:

        • Pre-event, Event and Post-event Communication Planning
        • Psychology and use of Risk Communication Principles in a Crisis
        • Working with the Media in a Crisis
        • Spokesperson Trust and Credibility in an Emergency
        • Crisis Communication Plans and the 9 Steps of Response
        • Media and Public Health law
        • Messages and Audiences Needs in a Crisis
        • Bioterrorism and Emergency Risk Communication
        • Meeting Partner and Stakeholders Needs
        • Roles and Responsibilities in the Official Response
        • Human Resource Management for Communicators in a Crisis

       

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  • Update: Lab. Testing for Susp. Infect. with H5N1 Virus

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  • Telephone / taped instruction

    • COCA call on avian influenza, Dec 6, 2005
      • Telephone replay (streaming audio): Call (800) 819-5743
      • Powerpoint slides 
  • References


spreadsheet-based model which provides hospital administrators and public health officials estimates of the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the next influenza pandemic.
test version of software created by programmers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is designed to assist state and local level planners in preparing for the next influenza pandemic by providing estimates of potential impact specific to their locality.



NIOSH: Occupational Health Issues Associated with Swine Influenza (Flu)

NIOSH: Avian Influenza: Protecting Workers from Exposure

 

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PandemicFlu.gov

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    • Progress Report (12/18/06), Federal Pandemic Planning and Preparation
    • Summary document, with enumerated accomplished & pending elements. CIDRAP digest and review.

     

    • Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
      • HHS response to ABC TV Movie: Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America

        Profile of hits to HHS' website: http://www.pandemicflu.gov

        Talking points / Viewer's Guide & Questions & Answers

        Contributed by Liz Lawhorn, RN, ExxonMobil Occupational Health Staff

         

 

    • For Families

    • Protecting Birds & Other Animals
  • Health Professionals
  • US HHS Interim Guidance on Planning for the Use of Surgical Masks and Respirators in Health Care Settings during an Influenza Pandemic (October 2006)

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified respirators (N-95 or higher) are recommended for use during activities that have a high likelihood of generating infectious respiratory aerosols,[c] including the following high-risk situations:

    • Aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., endotracheal intubation, nebulizer treatment, and bronchoscopy) performed on patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza
    • Resuscitation of a patient with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza (i.e., emergency intubation or cardiac pulmonary resuscitation)
    • Providing direct care for patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic influenza-associated pneumonia (as determined on the basis of clinical diagnosis or chest x-ray), who might produce larger-than-normal amounts of respirable infectious particles when they cough
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    If supplies of N-95 (or higher) respirators are not available, surgical masks can provide benefits against large droplet exposure, and should be worn for all health care activities for patients with confirmed or suspected pandemic-influenza.

    Contributed by Gabor Lantos.

 

    • Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide Acrobat  For Individuals And Families

      Get Informed. Be Prepared. This (18 page) guide is designed to help you understand the threat of a pandemic flu outbreak in our country and your community. It describes common sense actions that you can take in preparing for a pandemic. Each individual and family should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your community.

    • Pandemic Checklist Acrobat  for Faith-Based & Community Organizations

     


 



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