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An effective response to a pandemic will require the cooperation of a wide range of organisations and the active support of the public. As there may be very little time to develop or finalise preparations, effective pre-planning is essential. Many important features of a pandemic will not become apparent until after it has started (ie when person-to-person transmission has become sustained), so plans must be:

With this in mind pandemic preparedness plans from across the resilience sector can be viewed under the headings below:

Aims and Objectives

In planning and preparing for an influenza pandemic, the Government’s strategic objectives are to:

Achieving these objectives will require the development, maintenance, testing and, when necessary, implementation of operational response arrangements that are: