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Influenza Risk Assessment Tool for Prepandemic Preparedness Influenza Risk Assessment Tool for Prepandemic Preparedness
An influenza risk assessment tool developed by the CDC could have important implications for pre-pandemic preparedness.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Next flu pandemic could kill 886,000 people in the UK says BBC show
UK Government officials have previously warned an outbreak of a mutated influenza strain is on the horizon and poses a bigger threat to humanity than terrorism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UAB approved to test avian flu vaccines
UAB ’s School of Medicine’s Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic has been selected as a national trial site to test a new avian flu vaccine. The clinic is one of four national trial sites to test a candidate for the H7N9, a strain of the avian influenza.  The trial is sponsored by the National Instit ute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health, with the purpose of having an effective vaccine ready for any future H7N9 pandemic. “We are excited for the opportunity… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

NIAID unveils strategic plan for developing a universal influenza vaccine
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Developing a universal influenza vaccine -- a vaccine that can provide durable protection for all age groups against multiple strains, including those that might cause a pandemic -- is a priority for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Writing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, NIAID officials detail the Institute's new strategic plan for addressing the research areas essential to creating a safe and effective universal influenza vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Here ’ s what you should know about the flu season this year
This post has been updated. This year's flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms is almost as high as levels reported during the peak of the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, federal officials have said. It has already caused the most hospitalizations […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facilityCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratom (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza season
Flu activity is on the decrease for the first time in this fierce flu season, suggesting that the worst may be over, according to a federal health report released Friday. But the intensity of illness caused by the respiratory virus, the worst  since the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, continues to take its toll. Another […]Related:CDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get it (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Nasal Flu Vaccine Is Set to Come Back Next Year. Here ’s What to Know About It
After a two-year hiatus, the nasal flu vaccine is set to return to doctors’ offices next year. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 on Wednesday to return the nasal spray to the CDC’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. Pending final approval from the CDC director, the vote would greenlight the spray for widespread use and compel insurance companies to cover it. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots. There ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

PrepTalks: The Next Pandemic - Lessons from History
January 2018 PREPTalk " The Next Pandemic: Lessons From History, " offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. Speaker provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prep Talks: The Next Pandemic; Lessons from History
Federal Emergency Management Agency [Department of Homeland Security]. 02/20/2018 This 19-minute presentation offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. It provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, as importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. It details how responding to an influenza pandemic will require coordination and communication with the whole community. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
Course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) tool is a framework for using existing influenza surveillance data to determine a qualitative judgment on the severity of a current influenza epidemic or pandemic in comparison to past epidemics and pandemics. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Next Pandemic: Lessons from History
Federal Emergency Management Agency [Department of Homeland Security]. 02/20/2018 This 19-minute presentation offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. It provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, as importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. It details how responding to an influenza pandemic will require coordination and communication with the whole community. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
World Health Organization. 05/30/2017 This course introduces the concept of pandemic influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting, and communicating severity estimates. It describes why assessing influenza severity is important; when and how to assess influenza severity; how to communicate severity assessment findings; and how to contribute to a global influenza severity assessment. (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 - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board
World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic
Ten more children have died of influenza, the CDC said in their weekly flu update; infections are still on the rise.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found it...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second
Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu, and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found i...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says
The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this year’s deadly flu season — and we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday. Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. “Flu is incredibly difficult to predict,” she said, “and we don’t know if we’v...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update
This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The " Spanish " flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Checklist for Pandemic Influenza Risk and Impact Management: Building Capacity for Pandemic Response (2018)
World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 59-page checklist, updated in 2018, is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) framework for Pandemic Influenza Risk Management. It updates and replaces the 2005 WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning. It includes lessons learned from the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic; and updated WHO guidance on topics related to pandemic influenza and public health emergency planning. ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report of the Meeting on Sustainable Local Production of Influenza Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness: Synergies with Other International Efforts and Improvement of the Current Tool
World Health Organization. 10/2017 This Web page provides documents from a meeting of stakeholders and experts held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2017, to review each section of the sustainability checklist tool developed to help countries identify and address potential threats to the sustainability of their new production capacity for local influenza vaccines; identify the tool's strengths and weaknesses; and suggest improvements. The meeting also aimed to highlight synergies with other preparedness initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Operational Guidance on Sharing Influenza Viruses with Human Pandemic Potential (IVPP) Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework
World Health Organization. 06/30/2017 This 20-page guidance is intended to help National Influenza Centres (NICs) and H5 Reference Laboratories of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and other Nationally Authorized Laboratories to select and ship influenza viruses with human pandemic potential to World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of GISRS under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Second WHO (World Health Organization) Informal Consultation Held in Geneva, Switzerland; 21 July-22 July 2016
World Health Organization. 03/2017 This 33-page document summarizes a meeting held in July, 2016, to follow up on a 2015 meeting to address questions associated with vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic and the problems associated with switching from seasonal influenza vaccine production to pandemic vaccine production. This meeting was held to bridge these gaps by better understanding the complexities of the early stages of pandemic vaccine development; elaborating the principles that could guide the decision to switch; and obtaining a better understanding of the evidence or data needed to support the dec...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New molecular test to impact influenza pandemic preparedness
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced plans to launch a Research Use Only (RUO) version of their FluChip-8G technology to aid in pandemic preparedness. The new molecular test addresses an unmet need for more detailed information about flu viruses found in human specimens without the data management complexities associated with current sequencing approaches. FluChip-8G offers viral subtype specific insight with the ease of use of an RT-PCR assay and unmatched simplicity in results interpretation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Georgia Teen Dies of the Flu Despite Initially Testing Negative
(ATLANTA) — A Georgia county coroner says a 15-year-old girl is the state’s first flu-related child death this season. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk told news outlets that Kira Molina died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. He says the Newnan High School student had initially tested negative for the flu upon developing symptoms last week, but was found unresponsive on Sunday. She was hospitalized in Newnan and then airlifted to Atlanta. Hawk says Molina’s liver failed because of influenza A, not an acetaminophen overdose, referencing accounts from other media outlets. The Georgia Department of Public He...
Source: TIME: Health - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW flu georgia healthytime onetime Source Type: news

ID'ing features of flu virus genome may help target surveillance for pandemic flu
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified features of the influenza virus genome that affect how well the virus multiplies. These features are similar but not identical across viral strains. It's possible that the extent of similarity between strains influences whether two flu viruses can mix their genetic material to make a hybrid virus with the potential to explode into pandemic flu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Delivering Essential Healthcare Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. 04/25/2017 This Web page details the plans of two states that received grants to begin to address the challenges of delivering essential healthcare services during a severe influenza pandemic or wide-scale public health disaster. Oregon addressed care in the multi-county region centered in the Portland metropolitan area. Virginia expanded the Virginia Department of Health's existing Critical Resource Shortages Planning Guide. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

100 years on: What we can learn from the 1918 flu pandemic
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic
The agency said baby boomers now have the second-highest hospitalization rate, and the pediatric death rate is especially alarming.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

The Flu Killed 7 Children Last Week – but It’s Hitting Baby Boomers Even Harder
This year’s severe flu season brought at least seven more pediatric deaths in the past week – bringing the total to 37 so far this season. Baby Boomers, however, are among the hardest hit, with an unusually high rate of hospitalizations this year, according to CDC officials. “Baby Boomers have higher rates [of hospitalization] than their grandchildren right now,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan said during a call with reporters Friday. During a typical flu season, elderly adults see the highest rate of hospitalizations, followed by young children. But this year, Jernigan said, adult...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized CDC flu season flu season 2018 healthytime influenza medicine onetime public health Source Type: news

This flu season, with at least 37 child deaths so far, is on track to be among the worst in 15 years
Federal health officials reported that the level of influenza illness nationwide is the highest since the pandemic of 2009-2010, with nearly 12,000 people needing to be hospitalized. The number of hospitalizations rose by almost 3,000 people in one week. By the end of this flu season, officials said, the pediatric death toll is likely to […]Related:Monkeys in a nicotine experiment can relax. Their future is looking up.FDA panel rejects Philip Morris’s claims that new smokeless cigarette reduces harmHis family thought he had a cold. A couple of days later, he died of the flu. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Worst Flu Pandemic of the 20th Century Has an Urgent Lesson for Today
If you’ve been reading about how bad the flu is this year, it’s hard not to worry, and with good reason. The 2018 influenza season has hit hard in the U.S. and elsewhere, spreading far and wide and leading to the deaths of at least 30 children. But when Laura Spinney hears the news about this flu season, she has an extra layer of context. Spinney’s recent book Pale Rider explores the legacy of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, a devastating episode 100 years ago that killed perhaps as many as 100 million people across the globe. “Although this does seem to be a particularly bad flu, it is still season...
Source: TIME: Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized health healthytime Source Type: news

Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us
Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories about hospitals resorting to tents to accommodate the influx of patients and parents dealing with school closings in nearly every state. We count and mourn the dead. As a family doctor, my heart is with those patients and their families. As a global health professional with four decades of experience in combating epidemics, my mind is on the one critical thing we aren’t talking about at all as we suffer in this flu season: complacency. Put plainly, ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH Tags: Uncategorized deaths from flu 2018 flu epidemic flu epidemic 2018 flu peak flu season 2018 flu shot effectiveness healthytime how many people have died from the flu new flu symptoms public health why are people dying of the flu Source Type: news

The flu vaccine could get a much-needed boost
More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014 –15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development at UCLA may help lower that figure for future flu seasons.The scientists used leading-edge genomics to identify and eliminate the virus ’s defense mechanisms, enabling them to develop a vaccine “candidate” — meaning that it must still undergo evaluation and approval by the FDA — that in animals has been proven to be safe and highly effective against influenza.In the study, which was pu...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic
A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Why your birth year may increase your risk of dying during a flu pandemic
New research suggests that the year you were born may increase your risk of death in an influenza pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Previous influenza virus exposures enhance susceptibility in another influenza pandemic
(McMaster University) New data analysis suggests that people born at the time of the 1957 H2N2 or Asian Flu pandemic were at a higher risk of dying during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic as well as the resurgent H1N1 outbreak in 2013-2014. And it is not the first time this has happened. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Influenza (Avian and Other Zoonotic)
World Health Organization. 12/2017 This Web page provides key facts and information about avian and other zoonotic influenza. Topics include the four types of pathogens, signs and symptoms in humans, epidemiology of human infections, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and pandemic potential. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefit (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - December 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza (Avian and other zoonotic)
WHO fact sheet on avian influenza: includes key facts, definition, clinical features, antiviral treatment, risk factors for human infection, human pandemic potential, WHO response. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - December 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseas Source Type: news

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000-500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000-650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle-income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory d...
Source: WHO news - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. 11/13/2017 This two-hour, 25-minute event, co-hosted with Smithsonian magazine and the National Museum of Natural History, focuses on how the world prepares for the next global pandemic, raises public awareness, and explores potential responses and solutions. Speakers discuss the influenza dangers faced today; a historical overview of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic; and information on the latest flu research and pandemic preparedness. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Global Health: The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It
An examination of the great flu epidemics in recent history concludes that next one is likely to arrive in late spring or early summer — not during flu season. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics PLOS Computational Biology (Journal) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences University of Texas at Austin Source Type: news

WHO (World Health Organization) Guidance for Surveillance During an Influenza Pandemic: 2017 Update
World Health Organization. 11/2017 This 59-page guidance is a 2017 update to an earlier guidance published in April 2009. It takes the lessons learned from the 2009 influenza pandemic into consideration and focuses on the key surveillance components needed during an influenza pandemic. The purpose of the updated guidance is to outline the surveillance strategies and essential data requirements that Member States can use throughout the course of an influenza pandemic to ensure informed risk management decisions in pandemic response and fulfillment of International Health Regulations core capacity requirements. (PDF) (Source...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Guidance: Pandemic Flu
United Kingdom Department of Health. 11/24/2017 This resource provides pandemic flu guidance for organizations and businesses, and brings together available information on a possible influenza pandemic in order to support planning at all levels of society. It provides a description of the risk, and discusses the United Kingdom influenza pandemic preparedness strategy. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news