Using FluAid and FluSurge to Estimate the Potential Impact of the Next Influenza Pandemic upon Locale Y [open pdf - 277KB]
"The following is a set of instructions on using the software programs FluAid 2.0 and FluSurge 2.0 to estimate the potential impact of the next influenza pandemic on any given locale (herein referred to as Locale Y), which could, for example, be a country, state, city, or county. The instructions also include a template of a draft report (with a set of Appendices) which a user can fill in with the estimates calculated by following these instructions. The FluAid 2.0 and FluSurge 2.0 programs were produced by CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to help public health planners and policymakers plan and prepare for the next influenza pandemic. FluAid provides estimates of the total numbers of deaths, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits (before interventions are applied), and FluSurge models the impact of an influenza pandemic on the demand for hospital-based services. Both software programs can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/pandemics/. Details regarding the type of data needed to use these programs are provided below in Step 2 of the step-by step instructions."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html