Preparing for an influenza pandemic: eMJA Supplement

pandemic1.jpg  This November 2006 supplement of the Medical Journal of Australia (an Open Access journal) was just published online. I am guessing that the issues and recommendations discussed in the articles are universally applicable:  Preparing for an influenza pandemic

From the Foreword: 

This supplement provides a snapshot of the latest research and preparations being undertaken in Australia to adequately respond to an influenza pandemic should it occur. A range of health professionals explore planning to counteract a possible pandemic; the biology and history of the influenza virus; the clinical manifestations of influenza; laboratory diagnosis; the role of antivirals, vaccine development, non-pharmaceutical interventions, and infection control in a pandemic; and the crucial role of general practice.

From the Epilogue:

There can be no doubt that the Commonwealth Government response to the threat of pandemic influenza has been remarkable. Australia is acknowledged globally for adopting an incredibly mature and proactive position and, from that political leadership, developing one of the most comprehensive and well equipped responses in the world. Most recently, the pandemic plan has been subjected to an evaluation in the form of Exercise Cumpston (named after the Commonwealth Director of Quarantine during the 1918–1919 pandemic). Over the coming weeks and months, we look forward to hearing the lessons learned from this exercise.

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