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United States ‘Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza’ updated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released details of an update to a key pandemic preparedness document.

On April 20th, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC published updated pre-pandemic planning guidelines entitled ‘Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – United States, 2017’. The updated guidelines replace the 2007 guidance, which laid the foundation for the use of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in mitigating pandemic influenza.

NPIs, also known as community mitigation strategies, are actions that can be taken to help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses. They are a first line of defense during a flu pandemic before a vaccine is available.

The updated guidelines:

  • Encourage state and local public health officials to plan and prepare for implementing NPIs early in a pandemic in community settings.
  • Summarize key lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response, describe new or updated pandemic planning and assessment tools, and provide the latest scientific findings on the use of NPIs.
  • Include supplemental guides for six different community audiences that provide straightforward guidance about the use of NPIs and pandemic flu resources.

Read the document.

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