Pandemic Influenza (U) [powerpoint]   [open pdf - 785KB]

This brief covers Pandemic Influenza, how it differs from Seasonal Flu, and how you can be prepared as an organization, individual units, family, and individuals. It also covers influenza vaccines, and the social consequences of pandemic influenza. Human Influenza Disease: occurs mostly during fall/winter in the United States; is spread by airborne droplets; viral shedding begins before symptoms start and may continue after symptoms begin the resolve; the symptoms are: fever, dry cough, aches and pains, malaise, and runny nose; symptoms may last 5-7 days in healthy individuals; and full recovery may be prolonged. Flu viruses change slightly each year and each year vaccines are developed to counter new strains. Vaccines are the single most effective way to protect yourself against: most common and worst strains, severe illness, and keeps it from being spread. Three conditions required for a pandemic to start: new virus is introduced to humans, virus changes to be easily passed from person to person, and people travel and move, carrying the virus. The social consequences are: agricultural impact, overwhelmed infrastructure, and global economic impact. National and international preparedness measures include: preparedness and communication, surveillance and detection, and response and containment.

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Introduction to NORAD and USNORTHCOM, and Energy Security. Fall, 2006
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