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Shades of 1918? News release and research article from PNAS on why H5N1 is so deadly

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Comment on ethically rationing scarce resources in Minnesota during a severe influenza pandemic. Comments from non-Minnesotans are welcome. Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project.

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For the Good of Us All: Ethically Rationing Health Resources in Minnesota in a Severe Influenza Pandemic Preliminary Report, January 30, 2009

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Implementing Ethical Frameworks for Rationing Scarce Health Resources in Minnesota during Severe Influenza Pandemic Preliminary Report January 30, 2009

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Pandemic Planning Update VI U.S. Department of Health and Human Services January 2009

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Assessment of States’ Operating Plans to Combat Pandemic Influenza U.S. Health and Human Services

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New U.S HHS Guidance on Antiviral Drug Use during an Influenza Pandemic and Considerations for Antiviral Drug Stockpiling by Employers in Preparation for an Influenza Pandemic Dec. 2008

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Two fact sheets from US HHS on Pandemic flu Plan Now to Be Ready for the Next Flu Pandemic and The Next Flu Pandemic: What to Expect

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Ready or Not, 2008 Trust for America’s Health, Protecting the Public’s Health [in U.S.] from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, Dec. 2008

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Pandemic Influenza, Electricity, and the Coal Supply: Addressing Crucial Preparedness Gaps in the United States CIDRAP, requires free registration

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World Bank Update on Economic Costs of a Pandemic

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U.N. report on world pandemic readiness Oct. 2008

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Pandemic Planning Guide for businesses - state of Arkansas

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Lloyd’s report Insurance Impacts of a Pandemic

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Ethics in the Worst of Times: Rationing to Protect the Public’s Health during a Severe Influenza Pandemic Webcast of meeting, June 2008, University of Minnesota.

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Seattle King County’s Comic Book “No Ordinary Flu” explaining Pandemic Influenza, in English and 12 other languages

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New Federal Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine U.S. HHS, July 2008

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Legal Preparedness for School Closures in Response to Pandemic Influenza and Other Emergencies Center for Law and the Public Health

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ASTHO’s At-Risk Populations Project: Planning Guidance for State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Health Departments (June 2008)

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Neighborhood Emergency Team Manual from Nez-Perce County (Creative Commons license; adapt it for your community)

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Care for the Critically Ill in a Disaster Chest, May 2008. Expert-proposed triage tools for health providers in a pandemic or other disaster.

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At-Risk Populations and Pandemic Influenza: Planning Guidance for State, Territorial, Tribal and Local Health Departments Draft ASTHO report, April 2008

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Video of ACLU Forum on “Handcuffing the Flu” at the National Press Club, Jan 2008. The first section relates to the report released in January 2008 on Civil Liberties in Pandemic Flu Preparedness. 2nd and 3rd segments by Schoch-Spana and Greeenger are quite interesting.

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Will a pandemic bring down civilisation? New Scientist, April 2008.

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Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies

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Pandemic Planning Update 5, U.S. Health and Human Services

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Federal Guidance To Assist States In Improving State-Level Pandemic Influenza Operating Plans March 2008

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CDC Report - Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State

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Pandemic economics: the 1918 influenza and its modern-day implications

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Two good resources from Santa Clara County, California. One on home care during a pandemic, the other on setting up influenza care centers.

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Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies Canadian Policy Research Networks, Feb 2008

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Business Not As Usual: Preparing for Pandemic Flu Seattle King County Preparedness Video

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New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 17, 2008, Update on Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Infection in Humans by World Health Organization

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Financial and Securities Sector Pandemic Flu Exercise and After-action Report Exercise: Sept. 24 - October 12, 2007, and Report: January 2008

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Preparing the Justice System for a Pandemic Influenza and Other Public Health Emergencies from Bureau of Justice Assistance

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Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council updated pandemic guidance for financial institutions

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US HHS Pandemic Flu Preparedness Toolkit “Take the Lead”

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Handwashing & PPE protection from respiratory viruses, BMJ 2007. Research article and two news stories, News Medical-Net and Reuters

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AMA/CDC 2nd National Congress on Health System Readiness slides

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Students Prep America is an organization of College students aimed at spreading awareness about Pandemic Influenza and promoting preparation at the individual, community, and national levels.

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Public Comment sought by US-HHS on Pandemic Vaccine Prioritization

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Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk TFAH Report and Press Release Oct. 17, 2007

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Pandemic Risks to Electrical Utilities

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Pandemic Risks for Financial Sector

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Promising Practices for Pandemic Preparedness and press release Sept. 24, 2007

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Law Enforcement Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist from HHS

Correctional Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist from HHS

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Shelter In Place tools for Households, Work Places, Schools and Early Childhood/Youth Programs, and Governments, Sept 2007

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North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Flu, August 2007

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Charlie Rose - Science Series: Pandemics 55 min 47 sec - Aug 15, 2007 www.charlierose.com

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Podcast interviews, AMA/CDC Second National Congress on Health System Readiness (July 18-20, 2007)

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U.S. Health and Human Services Pandemic Planning Update #4 July 18, 2007

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National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan One Year Summary and press conference July 17,2007

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Saving Lives in the Next Pandemic Stanford University Student Project to Improve Communication and Increase Resilience in the next flu pandemic.

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With the Public’s Knowledge, We Can Make Sheltering in Place Possible (Report and Policy Implications of Shelter-in-Place Findings) [743 KB .pdf] from Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health. Redefining readiness website is here.

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Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States from CSTE

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3 amusing PSA’s from Florida Dept of Health on washing hands, staying home when sick, and covering your cough

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U.S. HHS Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog May 22 to June 27, 2007.
Share your thoughts with Secretary Leavitt and other Pandemic Flu leaders.

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New OSHA pandemic guidance for Health Care Workers and Employers and press release
May 21, 2007

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The Public Engagement Project on Community Control Measures for Pandemic Influenza
Report from Keystone Center, May 2007 (based on meetings in late 2006)

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Schools from California Distance Learning Health Network
Satellite Broadcast • Tabletop Exercise • Online Toolkit
Launches: May 17, 2007
Live Broadcast: 9:00–10:30 a.m. PT—Tabletop exercise to follow

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CDC Interim Guidance for the Use of Facemasks and Respirators in Public Settings During an Influenza Pandemic
Press conference webcast or transcript
May 3, 2007

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Avian Flu: 10 Questions, 10 Answers: What You Can Do; What the Government Is Doing from WebMD

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New CDC.gov website up April 19, with recent webcasts

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Just a Bump in the Beltway, The Next Hurrah and Effect Measure blogs announce the launch of a new experiment in collaborative problem solving in public health, The Flu Wiki.

The purpose of the Flu Wiki is to help local communities prepare for and perhaps cope with a possible influenza pandemic. This is a task previously ceded to local, state and national governmental public health agencies. Our goal is to be:

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