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Are You Ready? Be Prepared for a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

Broadcast Date: December 6, 2006
(2 hours)

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Program Overview

An influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily from person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in a very short time. While it is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur, during the past 100 years, there have been three major pandemics: 1918-1919, 1957-1958, and 1968-1969.

An especially severe influenza pandemic could lead to high levels of illness, death, social disruption and economic loss. Everyday life would be disrupted because so many people in so many places would be seriously ill at the same time. Impacts can range from school and business closings to the interruption of basic services such as public transportation, food delivery, and healthcare. These potential effects of a pandemic can be minimized. Preparedness planning includes education, the development of agency response plans and the use of personal and family checklists for various sectors of society. These advanced planning steps will enable proper procedures to be implemented when an outbreak occurs.

Faculty - Center for Emergency Preparedness

Cindy Lesinger
Pandemic Influenza and Smallpox Coordinator

Andy Mullins, MPA
CDC and HRSA Program Administrator

Sallie Shipman, BSN, RN
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Nurse Coordinator

Angie Stanley
Disease Intervention Specialist

Kelly Stevens, MS
Director of Planning

Faculty - Bureau of Professional and Support Services

Charles Thomas, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Division

Target Audience

Designed for employees of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Program faculty will provide general information regarding pandemic influenza and preparedness policies. This program may also benefit other public health and emergency response professionals.

Contact Hours

Social Workers 1.75 hours

Contact for Technical Assistance

334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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