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August 05, 2005

Pandemic influenza: are we ready?

Disaster Manag Response. 2005 Jul-Sep; 3(3): 61-7
Cinti S

An influenza pandemic is inevitable, and the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in Southeast Asia has heightened concern that a disaster is imminent. Pandemic preparations are beginning around the world, and it is important for first responders, particularly disaster management personnel, to understand the difference between pandemic and epidemic influenza preparedness. This article will focus on distinguishing between an influenza epidemic and an influenza pandemic and, in light of these distinctions, how to manage the next pandemic with limited resources, particularly the absence of vaccine.

Posted by dymaxion at August 5, 2005 02:29 PM


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