Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza: Important Information for All Australians  [open pdf - 1MB]
"The burden of an influenza pandemic could overwhelm a nation's health system. An influenza pandemic also has the capacity to cause economic and societal disruption on a massive scale1. For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages all countries to draw up and implement national preparedness plans for an influenza pandemic2. There is no certainty when the next influenza pandemic will occur but according to the WHO, 'there will be an influenza pandemic, sooner or later'3. In recent history, two to three pandemics have been recorded every century. How rapidly the next pandemic will emerge is unclear but it could emerge very quickly with little warning. Currently there are influenza viruses with pandemic potential circulating widely in animals. These viruses occasionally infect humans. This situation could continue for some time, and while this situation remains, there is a risk that a pandemic may develop. It is also uncertain how severe the next pandemic may be. It could be relatively mild, creating health problems similar to those seen during a very severe influenza season. Alternatively, a highly pathogenic virus could emerge resulting in serious and widespread illness, leading to a large number of deaths and to the disruption of the normal functioning of society for a prolonged period." © Commonwealth of Australia 2008 This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Attorney General's Department, National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 or posted at http://www.ag.gov.au/cca
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