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Pandemic flu: a national framework for responding to an influenza pandemic

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    Department of Health
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    22 November 2007
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    Health and social care professionals
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This guidance was superseded by the UK Influenza Preparedness Strategy 2011 - published 10 November 2011

This is generic guidance intended to assist in preparing for a pandemic whose nature and severity is unknown. Although much of the content remains relevant in the current swine flu pandemic, some aspects, particularly those relating to at risk groups and those intended to respond to higher levels of sickness and mortality may not be applicable to the current swine flu situation. Therefore, the guidance should be read in conjunction with the latest swine flu UK planning assumptions and other specific swine flu guidance.

This document describes the Government's strategic approach for responding to an influenza pandemic published jointly by the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office. It provides background information and guidance to public and private organisations developing response plans. It updates and expands upon health advice and information contained in previous plans issued by UK health departments, and is intended to replace those documents.

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