With the H7N9 strain of making news lately with it’s Human to Human transmission a good review of Flu Pandemic Preparedness is in order. An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. A good common sense Flu Pandemic Preparedness plan starts well before the actual Pandemic begins. A Flu Pandemic doesn’t have to be a Disaster Movie like event for it to disrupt normal life. One thing I will have a stock of is Boiron Oscillococcinum just in case precautions are not effective enough to keep me from getting the flu. As seen throughout history and most recently with the 2009 H1N1 virus, a pandemic threat can impact all aspects of society and its economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to emphasize the need for preparedness measures in regards to pandemic planning. Those are among the elements of Pitt’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan, a summary of which is being made public today. The document outlines procedures for students, faculty, staff, and administrators from the point at which a human-to-human transmission of avian flu or other highly contagious disease is first identified anywhere in the world, through to the worst case, in which the disease appears on Pitt campuses.
The plan calls for increased communications to the University community via e-mail, a Web site, text messages, and phone messages; as well as methods to preserve the integrity of research in progress.
The Pandemic Preparedness Plan, completed over the summer, was commissioned by Pitt Emergency Executive Jerome Cochran, who also is the University’s executive vice chancellor.
Even though there has been no widespread human-to-human transmission of avian flu, periodic episodes of human sickness in Asia, most often contracted through contact with sick birds, led the U.S.


Because the characteristics of a virus that might trigger a pandemic are unknown, the plan takes into account varying degrees of severity and rapidity of transmission. For example, in the third stage of a pandemic (when social distancing is needed to control contagion), some students, especially those from foreign countries, might not be able to get home on short notice.
The Pitt planning process included UPMC personnel to ensure that both the Pitt pandemic plan and UPMC’s avian flu plan supported each other.
Pandemic flu is a virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness.
Medicines for aches,pains, and reducing fevers (Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen), Anti-Diarrhea,  Anti-Cold and cough,  Stomach remedies, and plenty of fluids with electrolytes are must haves in the face of the flu. Having a good Preparedness plan in place long before it hits will be one of your best investments in you and your family’s health! I strive to bring you the best EDC Knife and Gear Reviews, Small Scale Homesteading, Common Sense Preparedness, and Dutch Oven Recipes.
According to a study published in The Lancet, a pandemic similar to the one that occurred in 1918 would kill nearly 62 million people today. The plan is the work of a University-wide committee with input from more than 60 Pitt experts in student issues, academic affairs, research continuity, medicine, public health, communications, and administration.
Centers for Disease Control to recommend that institutions, including universities, develop contingency plans. The complete plan is part of the University’s comprehensive Emergency Response Guidelines, which are disseminated to deans, directors, and department chairs. The plan, therefore, must minimize risk to staff but at the same time provide services to those students who remain.


The media hysteria over the Swine Flu may lead to a sense of complacency when it comes to Pandemic preparations, but the threat is a real possibility as Pandemic Flu’s strike 3 times on average per century. The article concluded that impoverished countries, non-pharmaceutical interventions, health system capacity, and pandemic uncertainty are the trigger elements for lack of pandemic preparedness. Likewise, in the fifth stage (when illness is identified on campus), the plan must provide for housing in which to isolate sick students from healthy people who remain on campus.
Furthermore if the Pandemic is anything like the well documented 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic the possibility of  quarantine or break down of our fragile Just In Time delivery systems is a threat. Despite the advantages of a globally connected world, a preparedness program should address the multiple threats that go hand-in-hand with interconnectivity dependencies, including the potential for a pandemic.
If the avian virus undergoes further change and becomes transmissible between humans, it could very well be the source of a new pandemic. It is impossible to know whether the currently circulating H5N1 strain will cause a human pandemic, but history and science suggest that the world will face one or more pandemics this century. However, proactive measures, such as preparedness, can diminish general uncertainties and allows for an established plan to counteract specific threats.
In the event that a health crisis emerges, pandemic and business continuity plans can work in conjunction to maximum the potential of continuity of operations.



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