Pandemic Influenza Workbook: A Planning Guide for American Indian/Alaskan Native Communities   [open pdf - 1MB]

"IHS National headquarters, Area, local, and community planning for responding to pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has developed the following planning guide, based on materials developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (State and Local Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency for Canada (Pandemic Influenza Planning Considerations in On-reserve First Nations Communities). It identifies important, specific activities that can be completed now to prepare at local (service unit/health care facility), and community levels. Although based on national recommendations, this planning guide is not intended to set forth mandatory requirements; rather it provides guidance that, if followed, will ensure a standard level of preparedness. Each local and community jurisdiction should determine whether this standard level is adequate and sufficient for pandemic influenza or other disease outbreaks in accordance with community expectations, laws, and procedures. [...] This planning guide outlines key activities needed to plan an appropriate response to pandemic influenza at the local (service unit/facility), and community level ."

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