Organizations Preparing for a Flu Pandemic
Because of these differences and the expected size of a pandemic flu, it is important to plan preparedness activities that will permit a prompt and effective public health response. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports pandemic influenza activities in the following areas:
- Surveillance (detection)
- Vaccine development and production
- Strategic stockpiling of antiviral medications
- Risk communications.
In May 2005, the secretary of Health and Human Services created a multi-agency National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response Task Group. This unified initiative involves Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many other agencies (international, national, state, local, and private) in planning for a potential pandemic flu. Its responsibility includes revision of a U.S. National Pandemic Influenza Response and Preparedness Plan.