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UK influenza pandemic preparedness strategy 2011: strategy for consultation

  • Launch date:
    22 March 2011
  • Closing date:
    17 June 2011
  • Creator/s:
    Department of Health, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Welsh Assembly Government, The Scottish Government
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown
  • Gateway number:
    15574
  • Outcome published:
    10 November 2011

This consultation closed on 17 June 2011

Pandemic influenza is one of the most severe natural challenges likely to affect the UK, but sensible and proportionate preparation and collective action by the Government, essential services, business, the media, other public, private and voluntary organisations, and communities can help to mitigate its effects.

The UK has been preparing for an influenza pandemic for some years. These arrangements were tested by the H1N1 (2009) influenza pandemic although, in comparison with previous pandemics, the effects of the H1N1 (2009) influenza pandemic were relatively mild for the majority of people.

This document describes proposals for an updated, UK-wide strategic approach to planning for and responding to the demands of an influenza pandemic. It builds on, but supersedes, the approach set out in the 2007 National framework for responding to an influenza pandemic; taking account of the experience and lessons learned in the H1N1 (2009) influenza pandemic and the latest scientific evidence. A more detailed account of the science underpinning the proposals is being published along with this strategy

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