U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Planning Update IV, A Report from Secretary Michael O. Leavitt [July 18, 2007] [open pdf - 547KB]
This Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report provides an update on pandemic planning for among other challenges as the H5N1 virus. The report also has information on monitoring and surveillance, vaccines and vaccine production capacity, antiviral drugs, state and local preparedness, and communications. "HHS has worked closely with Federal, State, tribal, and territorial communications specialists to develop plans that will help guide the public, the news media, health care providers, and other groups to respond appropriately in outbreak situations and to encourage people to follow the necessary public health measures. A government-wide public health emergency communications plan is now ready to activate in the event of a pandemic."