Report of the Interagency Workgroup on Pandemic Influenza and At-Risk Individuals [open pdf - 309KB]
"This report is an introduction to planning for at-risk individuals during pandemic influenza. Limited explicit information is available to prepare emergency planners, public health agencies, and human services providers for the impact that pandemic influenza will have on the medical, behavioral health, and human services networks that provide needed functional support for at-risk individuals. Using the functional definition of at-risk (special needs) individuals in the National Response Framework (NRF); at-risk individuals may constitute as much as 62% of the U.S. population. Historically, these individuals have not been well integrated into the emergency planning process and their needs and concerns have only recently begun to be more comprehensively addressed in State and local emergency planning. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Interagency Workgroup on At-Risk Individuals and Pandemic Influenza was tasked to make recommendations for integrating the needs and concerns of at-risk individuals into pandemic influenza emergency planning. This report presents these recommendations. It is intended as a resource for service providers and emergency planners. The report serves as an introduction to planning for at-risk individuals during pandemic influenza. It begins with a review of the needs and concerns of at-risk individuals, moves to key concepts and planning assumptions, and provides specific recommendations and resources for integration of at-risk individual needs into Federal, State, and local pandemic influenza response plans."
United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/