ABSTRACT

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The most densely populated city in the United States and a major international port of entry, New York City (NYC) has long been vulnerable to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring or intentional. In the event a novel influenza strain develops the capacity for efficient human-to-human transmission anywhere in the world, it would not take long to reach NYC. Such an outbreak poses wide-ranging challenges, including the potential for huge numbers of illnesses and deaths, a severely strained health care system, and difficult psychosocial consequences for a large proportion of the population, especially the homeless, the homebound, and other vulnerable New Yorkers. Aware of our susceptibility, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) has for many years placed great emphasis on emergency preparedness planning, even before 9/11. Working closely with our colleagues in the emergency services, health care, business, and not-for-profit sectors, DOHMH continues to engage in extensive preparedness efforts-more than 50 tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises in the past 5 years-to test, assess, and strengthen our response capabilities. The NYC DOHMH Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan draws on lessons learned from these efforts, providing a comprehensive, scalable, and flexible strategy to protect the health of New Yorkers."

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2006-07
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2006 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
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New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/
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