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Are You Ready? Be Prepared for a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak
Broadcast Date: December 6, 2006
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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
Pandemic Influenza and Smallpox Coordinator
Andy Mullins, MPA
CDC and HRSA Program Administrator
Sallie Shipman, BSN, RN
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Nurse Coordinator
Disease Intervention Specialist
Kelly Stevens, MS
Director of Planning
Faculty - Bureau of Professional and Support Services
Charles Thomas, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Division
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.
Social Workers 1.75 hours
Contact for Technical Assistance
334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN
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