Stand on Guard for Thee: Ethical Considerations in Preparedness Planning for Pandemic Influenza   [open pdf - 147KB]

"When an influenza pandemic strikes the world many people, ranging from government and medical leaders to health care workers, will face a host of difficult decisions that will affect people's freedoms and their chances of survival. There will be choices about the level of risk health care workers should face while caring for the sick, the imposition of restrictive measures such as quarantines, the allocation of limited resources such as medicines, and the use of travel restrictions and other measures to contain the spread of disease. Governments and health care leaders have been working on pandemic plans in many parts of the world. However, most of their communication to the public has focused on technical issues, such how to obtain, stockpile and distribute medicines, and the assignment of duties."

2005 University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. All rights reserved.
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