School Pandemic Preparedness Plans

PANDEMIC PLANNING

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The potential of a pandemic outbreak of the H5N1 Influenza Virus is real, but there are many other viruses and organisms that may initiate a chain of events leading to the next pandemic. Regardless of whether it is Avian Flu, or another biological agent, the key to successfully meeting the challenge is to plan for the event, prepare to work the plan, and implement the plan when the event occurs.  Schools should incorporate pandemic influenza planning into an overall biological incidents plan, especially since planning and preparedness performed for an influenza pandemic is also applicable to other emerging infectious disease outbreaks (i.e. SARS) or an act of bioterrorism.