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DoH consultation opens on flu plans

Updated plans for dealing with an influenzapandemic have been published for consultation by the Department of Health.

By News team

Updated plans (PDF 1.43MB) for dealing with an influenzapandemic have been published for consultation by the Department of Health.

The UK-wide strategic approach supersedes the approach setout in the 2007 national framework, taking account of the lessons learned fromthe 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.

Key revisions listed by the DoH are: developing better plansfor the initial response to a pandemic; putting in place flexible and adaptableplans for a wide range of scenarios, not just the “reasonable worst case”; anddeveloping better plans for managing the end of a pandemic, including therecovery phase and preparation for subsequent seasonal flu outbreaks.

The Government intends to maintain a stockpile of antiviralmedicines for use in a new pandemic as well as antibiotics most likely to beuseful for complications arising from pandemic flu.

Plans for a national network of antiviral collection pointsare retained in the updated proposals.

Consultation on the plan closes on 17 June 2011.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11072236

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