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Annual influenza vaccination does not prevent natural immunity
(The University of Bergen) Earlier studies have suggested that having repeated annual influenza vaccination can prevent natural immunity to the virus, and potentially increase the susceptibility to influenza illness in the event of a pandemic, or when the vaccine does not 'match' the virus circulating in the community.But now, researchers at the Influenza Center in Bergen have published a study, which concludes that annual influenza vaccination does not increase susceptibility to influenza infection in years of vaccine mismatch. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

National Pandemic Strategy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 06/15/2017 This Web page provides information and documents that guide the United States'preparedness and response in an influenza pandemic, with the intent of stopping, slowing, or otherwise limiting the spread of a pandemic to the United States; limiting the domestic spread of a pandemic, mitigating disease, suffering, and death; and sustaining infrastructure and mitigating impact to the economy and the functioning of society. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Strategic Partnership Network: About Influenza
World Health Organization. 2017 This Web page provides a list of countries that currently have influenza pandemic preparedness plans available on public Web sites. It includes a map and table of participating countries, and a pie chart that displays the proportion of each of the four pandemic preparedness plans'development or update status among all 194 countries on the list. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT): Questions and Answers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides questions and answers about the Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT), an evaluation tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and external influenza experts that assesses the potential pandemic risk posed by influenza A viruses that currently circulate in animals but not in humans. Topics include limitations of the tool, and the evaluation criteria used by the tool. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides the Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF), which describes the progression of an influenza pandemic using six intervals. The framework is used to guide influenza pandemic planning and provides recommendations for risk assessment, decision-making, and action in the United States. These intervals provide a common method to describe pandemic activity which can inform public health actions. The duration of each pandemic interval might vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Potent peptidic fusion inhibitors of influenza virus
We report here on the design and structural characterization of potent peptidic inhibitors of influenza hemagglutinin. The peptide design was based on complementarity-determining region loops of human broadly neutralizing antibodies against the hemagglutinin (FI6v3 and CR9114). The optimized peptides exhibit nanomolar affinity and neutralization against influenza A group 1 viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and avian H5N1 strains. The peptide inhibitors bind to the highly conserved stem epitope and block the low pH–induced conformational rearrangements associated with membrane fusion. These peptidic compounds ...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kadam, R. U., Juraszek, J., Brandenburg, B., Buyck, C., Schepens, W. B. G., Kesteleyn, B., Stoops, B., Vreeken, R. J., Vermond, J., Goutier, W., Tang, C., Vogels, R., Friesen, R. H. E., Goudsmit, J., van Dongen, M. J. P., Wilson, I. A. Tags: Biochemistry, Epidemiology r-articles Source Type: news

Topic Collection: Epidemic/Pandemic Flu
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 10/12/2017 This Topic Collection from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides resources that can help healthcare professionals and emergency medical planners prepare for the next influenza epidemic or pandemic. It discusses how important strong healthcare coalitions with tiered response strategies and coordinated incident management are to an effective pandemic influenza response. Resource topics include Antiviral Treatment; Epidemiology and Surveillance; Guidelines; Less...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
April 4-8, 2018; Chapel Hill, NC. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flu and vaccine expert appointed new deputy chief medical officer
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam was a senior advisor during the influenza pandemic of 2010 Related items fromOnMedica Vaccines do work for pandemic flu 75% target for NHS staff to get flu jab next winter Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Federal Employees: Human Resources Management Flexibilities for Emergency Situations
Congressional Research Service [Library of Congress]. 09/14/2017 This nine-page report provides information about how federal executive branch departments and agencies have available to them various human resources management flexibilities for emergency situations involving severe weather, natural disaster, and other circumstances. It includes a table that details Flexibility and Authority, and a Brief Description of how each authority works. Some examples of when issuances have occurred include following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; in response to pandemic influenza in 2006; and in the aftermath of Hurricane...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson announces collaboration with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fight influenza
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced that Janssen Research & Development LLC (Janssen) are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to develop a comprehensive portfolio of therapeutics and vaccines to protect communities in the event of an influenza pandemic and other infectious disease threats. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Johnson & Business and Industry Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Collaboration with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Fight Influenza
Janssen and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) join forces to accelerate new therapies and vaccines to protect communities against the threat of a pandemic (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 13, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How squid ink could make going to the dentist painless Squid ink could be used as a new imaging method at the dentist to check for gum disease, according to new research from the University of California at San Diego. Combining...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Aethlon Medical wins FDA EAP designation for Hemopurifier
Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) said today it received an Expedited Access Pathway designation for its Aethlon Hemopurifier designed for treating life-threatening viruses. The San Diego-based company said its Hemopurifier has been validated to capture a “broad spectrum of viruses that are highly glycosylated”, which includes lethal strains of pandemic influenza, mosquito-borne viruses and hemorrhagic viruses with no currently approved treatment. “We are honored to have our Hemopurifier designated to the Expedited Access Pathway and additionally are pleased that FDA has also allowed our proposed &ldq...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Aethlon Medical Inc. Source Type: news

H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China
Asian avian influenza A has spread widely in China, and the latest outbreak gave rise to more resistant and pathogenic strains, increasing the risk for a pandemic, experts said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History
Join the National Library of Medicine, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, for this exciting opportunity! On January 29-30, 2018, NLM will host Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, bringing together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. Viral Networks will combine a face-to-face workshop with structured virtual-editing activities to produce and advance the innovative scholarship of the participant...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Data Science Education News from NLM/NIH Technology Source Type: news

H7N9 Avian Influenza May Be Capable of Pandemic
Virus spread via respiratory droplets in animal study; neuraminidase inhibitors showed limited efficacy (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 1, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Health Care Coalition Influenza Pandemic Checklist
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 08/15/2017 This 35-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, Information Exchange) is intended to assist health care coalitions and their partners in assessing their preparedness for an influenza pandemic. It may also be used to orient the response as a pandemic begins. It starts with coalition-level activities that integrate information and issues from all disciplines, and provides the framework for integrated response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Restrictions imposed on Hep B vaccine
Global shortages have led to 'acute impact' on UK reserves Related items fromOnMedica High-dose influenza vaccine for nursing home residents reduces hospitalisations Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to childhood immunisation schedule Gay and bisexual men urged to have hepatitis A vaccine World ’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted Vaccines do work for pandemic flu (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stockpiling Ventilators for Influenza Pandemics Stockpiling Ventilators for Influenza Pandemics
What is the optimal amount of mechanical ventilators that should be stockpiled to effectively prepare for influenza pandemics?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - July 31, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

IntraHealth International to Lead $4.9 Million Health Workforce Strengthening Effort in Mali
Photograph by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth InternationalJuly 17, 2017Through a new $4.9 million, three-year award from the US Agency for International Development,IntraHealth International will partner with the government of Mali to strengthen its health workforce, scale up progress in maternal and child survival, and protect its citizens from emerging health threats such as Ebola and pandemic influenza.Mali has significantly reduced itsmaternal,newborn, andunder-five mortality rates in the last twenty years. But despite these efforts, the country continues to have some of the highest rates of preventable maternal and chil...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Health Profile for England: Chapter 7: Current and Emerging Health Protection Issues
United Kingdom Department of Health. 07/13/2017 This chapter of the Health Profile for England details health protection issues that include the prevention and control of infectious diseases, and environmental threats to the health of the population. It has nine sections: Main messages; Introduction; Climate change and extreme events; Outdoor air pollution; Emerging infectious diseases; Pandemic influenza; Antimicrobial resistance and bloodstream infections; Further information; and References. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

50-year-old flu virus model revamped, revealing pandemic prediction possibilities
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) The scientific textbook depiction of the flu virus is about to get a facelift, due to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine team's discovery that a model of the influenza genome architecture untouched since the 1970s isn't so perfect after all. The finding could give scientists the opportunity to better predict pandemics and find new ways to disrupt the flu virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

'Painless' flu vaccine skin patch shows promise
Conclusion Further testing in larger trials needs to be done to be sure these initial results hold true and that the vaccine patch is safe and effective. This is the first time these flu microneedle patches have been tested on humans, and the study was relatively small, with only 100 participants. But if the results are confirmed, this new method of delivering the flu vaccination could make a big difference. The patches could have several main advantages over traditional injections: they may be preferred by people who dislike needles and avoid vaccination because of the fear of pain it may be quicker and easier to admi...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Swine flu Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza: Guidance to the NHS (National Health Service) on Current and Future Preparedness for An Influenza Pandemic
NHS (National Health Service) England. 01/30/2017 This 10-page document informs readers of key documentation from NHS (National Health Service) England, Public Health England (PHE), and the Department of Health (DH) related to pandemic influenza preparedness and response. It describes the current status of relevant guidance, frameworks, and strategies; and provides a strategic overview of work that will be carried out by these organizations. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Plan: 2017 Update
Report provides an update to the 2009 Pandemic Influenza Plan, highlighting successes in the last ten years and emphasizing focus areas for the next ten years, including surveillance, community mitigation measures, medical countermeasures, and health care system preparedness and response. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Plan: 2017 Update
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 06/12/2017 This 52-page document describes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approach to protecting human health before, during, and after an influenza pandemic. It highlights both the progress and remaining gaps in preparedness and response capabilities for pandemic influenza. It serves as an update of the 2005 HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan and its interim updates issued in June 2006, November 2006, and January 2009, and sets the course for the next decade. It reinforces critical connections between seasonal and pandemic influenza preparedness and response. (PDF)...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?
Conclusion This laboratory study analysed an H7N9 strain of bird flu. Researchers wanted to explore whether a particular change to the surface proteins of a virus was capable of allowing the strain to bind to human tissue. This would theoretically lead to human-to-human transmission of the flu virus. It is worth noting that this ability to attach to human cells does not necessarily mean a mutated bird flu virus will be able to infect, replicate and transmit between humans. Other changes would also be required. However, they were unable to further investigate whether this surface change could lead to human-to-human transmis...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

Public Health Interventions in the Pandemics and Epidemics
World Health Organization. 06/2017 This introductory level course provides the information and tools needed to better manage disease outbreaks and health emergencies. Materials have been originally designed for World Health Organization African region purposes and have references to Africa more than other continents. Topics include Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning; Operationalizing Emergency Response; Global Vaccine Stockpile; and Laboratory Networks to Support Outbreak Surveillance and Response. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Risk Communication
World Health Organization. 06/2017 This course aims to build capacity in and disseminate knowledge on pandemic influenza risk communication globally. Four modules cover risk communication and community engagement in the context of pandemic influenza; ways to strengthen pandemic influenza risk communication systems; pandemic influenza risk communication and response; and pandemic influenza recovery and tools for evaluation. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Introduction to Pandemic Influenza
World Health Organization. 06/2017 This course on pandemic influenza is a source of well-established knowledge and information on activities and interventions related to pandemic flu. The course consists of two modules, and aims to prepare countries and individuals to engage in pandemic influenza preparedness and response to mitigate social and economic risks of influenza pandemic. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Risk Management: A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Inform and Harmonize National and International Pandemic Preparedness and Response
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This 62-page guidance updates and replaces the Pandemic Influenza Risk Management: WHO Interim Guidance published in 2013. Key highlights include inclusion of principles of emergency risk management for health, and new and updated annexes on planning assumptions, ethical considerations, whole-of-society approach, business continuity planning, representative parameters for core severity indicators, and containment measures. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

A lightning-fast flu virus detector
(Tokyo Medical and Dental University) A research team at Tokyo Medical and Dental University built a novel biosensor for the rapid detection of human influenza A virus using a modified poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) conducting polymer. The voltage-sensing detector was almost 100 times more sensitive than conventional tests, and distinguished between human and avian flu strains. The use of this biosensor may provide point-of-care testing and help prevent the outbreak of flu pandemics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May
The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce. Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. They expressed concern about the continued shortage of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and noted the urgent need to contain polioviruses in safe facilities, destroy unneeded materials, and appropriately contain resources that can be used for research or other purposes. This has become particularly important since the eradication of type 2 of the wi...
Source: WHO news - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: health workforce [subject], human resources for health, health workers, healthcare workers, health care workers, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Press releas Source Type: news

Pandemic and Epidemic-Prone Diseases
World Health Organization. 02/2017 This introductory level online course aims to equip frontline responders with the latest know-how to manage outbreaks of known and emerging epidemic-prone diseases in the 21st century. It focuses on 13 infectious hazards, offering the most relevant scientific, technical, and operational knowledge through video presentations and self-tests. Diseases discussed include Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), pandemic influenza, yellow fever, and Zika. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza-United States, 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 04/21/2017 These guidelines, updated in April 2017, replace the 2007 Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States-Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs). Several new elements have been incorporated into the 2017 guidelines, including to support updated recommendations on the use of NPIs, the latest scientific evidence available since the influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 pandemic has been added. A summary of lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response is presented to underscore the...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2017: Current Infectious Disease Challenges
National Institutes of Health. 05/16/2017 This one-hour, 25-minute presentation discusses infectious disease challenges in 2017: established infectious diseases, newly emerging diseases, and re-emerging diseases. It provides examples of established infectious diseases of global health importance, and global examples of newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including chikungunya, dengue, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It includes a detailed discussion of the Zika virus, yellow fever, Ebola, and pandemic influenza. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Alert: How Lessons From China Can Help Us Rethink Urgent Health Threats
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?
MONDAY, May 15, 2017 -- The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns. The finding is based on the results of two flu-preparedness telephone... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Ambulatory Settings
Joint Commission. 05/04/2017 This online course covers how to effectively respond in the face of a pandemic, and how to develop an influenza pandemic preparedness and response plan following a four-step guide. It discusses how to differentiate the virologic, epidemiologic, and clinical features of pandemic influenza from seasonal influenza; and how laboratory testing and diagnosis, patient management and treatment, and team training are essential. (Text) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nurses on the Front Line —Again
May 11, 2017If a new flu pandemic strikes, nurses are likely to be our first —and best—line of defense.Nurses constitute the largest proportion of the health workforce globally —by a large margin—and in many communities, they are the only health care providers available.In some places, nurses are also anaesthetists, or perform surgery, or head up entire clinics or hospitals, taking on these advanced roles to fill in the missing pieces of care in their communities. The boundaries of practice get pushed in response to need, often without formal recognition.  And yet there is a global shortage of ...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Seventieth World Health Assembly
World Health Organization. 03/2017 This Web page provides information and materials for the seventieth session of the World Health Assembly, which takes place in Geneva on May 22-31, 2017. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Documents for the Assembly include WHO Response in Severe, Large-Scale Emergencies; Research and Development for Potentially Epidemic Diseases; Health Workforce Coordination in Emergencies with Health Consequences; and Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza-United States, 2017: Technical Report 2: Supplemental Appendices 1-7
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 04/21/2017 This 79-page document provides appendices to the Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza. Appendices are Glossary of Terms; Guidelines Development Process: List of Contributors and Their Roles; Methods for Developing NPI (Nonpharmaceutical Intervention) Recommendations; Rating Scheme Methods to Assess Evidence Quality and Develop Recommendations for NPIs: Applying the Community Guide Approach; NPI Body of Evidence Summary Table; List of Individual Studies Included in 14 NPI Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses; and Tools and Resources f...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Analysis of Gaps and Needs for the PIP (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness) PC (Partnership Contribution) Implementation: February 2017
World Health Organization. 02/01/2017 This 34-page report presents the results of a gaps and needs analysis undertaken in 2016 to support development of the next high-level Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Partnership Contribution (PC) Implementation Plan (HLIP II) that will guide future planning and allocation of preparedness funds under the World Health Organization Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP Framework). The report discusses Laboratory and Surveillance Capacity Building; Burden of Disease; Regulatory Capacity Building; Risk Communications; Planning for Deployment; and Proposed New Directions. (PD...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza
New Jersey Department of Health. 09/22/2016 This 43-minute webinar discusses an overview of influenza, current influenza surveillance, pandemic influenza, and pandemic influenza planning. It provides information about the epidemiology of influenza, different types of influenza virus, and the influenza burden paradigm. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
The PIP Framework boosts global health security by improving international and country capacity to respond to a pandemic by ensuring that all countries – whether rich or poor – have access to influenza vaccines. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

One Health
What is 'One Health'? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], food safety [subject], food poisoning, immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, zoonose [subject], animal diseases, FAQ [doctype] Source Type: news

CDC Updates Advice on Using Nonpharmacologic Measures for Pandemic Influenza (FREE)
By the Editors The CDC has updated its 2007 guidelines for public health departments on managing potential … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza-United States, 2017: Technical Report 1: Chapters 1-4
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 04/21/2017 This 47-page document provides an introduction to, and overview of, nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs); describes the new tools developed for pandemic flu planning and assessment; and presents a toolbox describing the NPI evidence base, implementation issues, and research gaps. It discusses how a comprehensive community strategy for mitigating the impact of a pandemic must address not only medical countermeasures but also NPIs, the first line of defense at the earliest stages of a pandemic. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news