University of South Carolina Pandemic Influenza Plan   [open pdf - 0B]

"USC's [University of South Carolina] Pandemic Influenza Plan has been developed to address anticipated challenges posed by an influenza pandemic. It may also serve as the basis for containment of other similar outbreaks. This document was prepared utilizing evidenced-based research, guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as criteria found in the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (Guidance for Colleges and Universities). Considerable input has also been obtained from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as the lead agency for our state in preparing for and responding to the threat of a pandemic. This document outlines strategies to reduce pandemic influenza-related morbidity and mortality, as well as the social disruption that is expected. The plan includes an overview of pandemics, information on pandemic phases and severity, details regarding recognized mitigation strategies, and specifics on the preparedness, response and recovery actions that will be expected across the various divisions of the USC-Columbia campus. The intent of this plan is to provide a framework for the University in stopping, slowing or otherwise limiting the spread of an influenza outbreak among our students, faculty and staff. This plan also intends to help sustain USC's infrastructure during a pandemic, mitigate the impact on the University's mission, and reduce the social/economic disruption that results. The guidance contained in this plan will be revised and/or enhanced as new information becomes available. Such updates will occur in consultation with local, state and federal authorities and with University administration."

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