"The goals of this plan are, first, to minimize serious illness and death, and second, to limit societal disruption and economic losses. The plan is intended to coordinate with global and national plans developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This plan outlines activities and responsibilities for government public health agencies and builds upon preparedness assets developed at federal, state, and local levels of government and in the private sector. Nevertheless, a serious influenza pandemic would pose substantial challenges to existing capabilities. The next phase of planning should involve wider community efforts to address those challenges. We have identified six critical policy questions that should guide those efforts."