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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

Eb141/24
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

Guide to revision of national pandemic influenza preparedness plans: Lessons learned from the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic
This guide is intended for use by those involved in pandemic preparedness planning, generic preparedness and implementation of IHR core capacities in European countries. The document describes good practice for pandemic preparedness planning based on lessons learned from the 2009 pandemic. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guide to Revising the Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan: Lessons Learned from the 2009 A(H1N1) Pandemic
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/17/2017 This 26-page guide is intended for use by those involved in pandemic preparedness planning, generic preparedness, and implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities in European countries. It describes good practice for pandemic preparedness planning based on lessons learned from the 2009 pandemic. It takes into account the need to develop plans for different scenarios of severity, with more emphasis on national risk assessment to inform pandemic response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn
Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization China Australia Kawaoka, Yoshihiro Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Electronic Exercise Tool
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 09/2017 This 188-page tool is designed to help exercise planners from communities with limited resources to develop and conduct a pandemic influenza exercise. It provides community planners with an easy-to-use format for developing and conducting an exercise using email or other electronic format. It also is designed to provide a method for increasing exercise participation through a platform that can be more favorable to participants than a traditional, in-person exercise. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

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