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Government consults on UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011

The use of antivirals, pandemic vaccines and planning assumptions are among the issues that are set out in a consultation to update the cross-Government pandemic flu strategy.

The UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy updates the 2007 National Framework to encompass the lessons learnt from the recent H1N1 pandemic. It includes a new emphasis on planning for different scenarios according to the nature and scale of illness and highlights key impacts on wider society.

The updated strategy proposes:

* That pandemic preparedness and response plans should be should be precautionary, proportionate and flexible;

* The need to plan for a range of scenarios to meet the differing demands of pandemic flu viruses, rather than just focusing on the ‘worst case’ planning assumptions;

* Taking greater account of regional differences in the speed and spread of the disease both across the world and within the UK; and

* Taking better account of research on how people are likely to think, feel and behave during a pandemic.

The updated Strategy has been prepared with input across government departments, regional assemblies and relevant public and private bodies.

The consultation runs until Friday 17 June 2011 and the finalised Strategy will be published later in the year.

Take part.

•Date: 23rd March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article •Topic: Pandemic planning

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