Larry L Ringering
101 E. Edwardsville Rd. Wood River Il. 62095
Madison County is preparing for the possibility that the Novel H1N1 Influenza virus will be detected in the United States. Health experts from around the world are concerned that this virus could give rise to pandemic influenza that would affect large numbers of people. Madison County is preparing now to provide a coordinated response to protect residents should an outbreak occur.
Please visit Madison County Health Department web-site for the latest updates on Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu).
Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Education, these checklists can assist local education agencies in developing and/or improving plan to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.
The Global Economic and Financial Impact of an Avian Flu Pandemic and the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (PDF):
Provides a preliminary assessment of the risks and potential impact to the global economy and financial system. Includes summary of the common elements of business continuity planning in the financial sector for pandemic risks.
United States Private and Public Partnership (USP3):
(U.S. Department of Homeland Security) Regional response networks have been created to bridge government and private corporations to improve emergency communication and response.
Health care providers will play a crucial role in the event of a pandemic. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. The following checklists, toolkit, and guidelines will assist health care providers and service organizations in planning for a pandemic outbreak.
The checklists below will help guide Health Care working in planning for a possible pandemic.
Pandemic Influenza Toolkit:
This toolkit, which was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides resources and information for clinicians to use in discussing pandemic influenza with patients and providing care in case of a flu pandemic in the United States.
WHO Interim Infection Control Guidelines for Health Care Facilities (PDF):
The World Health Organization has provided infection control guidance for health care workers in health care facilities who evaluate or provide care for patients with suspected or confirmed avian influenza infection, including H5N1.