Privacy & Pandemic Flu Guide   [open pdf - 355KB]

"The Privacy and Pandemic Flu Guide is designed to aid public health professionals when privacy concerns are raised about activities related to pandemic flu planning and response. The guide describes four steps that will walk a public health professional through an analysis of the activities. The guide was developed as a result of a May 2007 discussion among a small group of experts in privacy and preparedness. This guide is intended to be a dynamic document, and it is hoped that feedback from the field on its utility will inform future iterations. In recent years, much attention has been given to public health legal preparedness, including emergency powers and quarantine and isolation implementation. Public health legal preparedness also involves awareness of federal and state laws that relate to the collection, protection, use, and disclosure of information during public health emergency planning and response. In May 2007, ASTHO convened a group of subject matter experts to discuss privacy issues related to pandemic flu preparedness and response. The group was made of representatives from ten public health jurisdictions, as well as the private sector, national organizations, and federal agencies. This guide is a product of that discussion. It is designed to support public health professionals in protecting the public's health while balancing the need to protect information from wrongful or harmful disclosure."

2007 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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Wisconsin's Pandemic Flu Resource: http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov/
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