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A Systematic Analytic Approach to Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning

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  • Ran D Balicer,
  • Daniel R Lucey,
  • George S Everly Jr,
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  • Mark C Steinhoff,
  • Itamar Grotto
  • Published: November 01, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020359

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Useful Web and Book Resources

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:48 GMT

Author: Bob Kahn
Position: Co-ordinator
Institution: Avian Flu Action (UK)
Submitted Date: November 16, 2005
Published Date: November 16, 2005
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This article with its focus on the Haddon matrix is very helpful. To keep up to date, those involved in pandemic influenza planning may find the following resources helpful:
1. The weekly update from the Centre for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota, especially the articles from its director, Michael T. Osterholm, on the web at:

2.An important international conference in London on 19-20 January at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK on "Bird Flu: The first pandemic of the 21st Century: A central role for antivirals" chaired by Profs. John Oxford (London), Albert Osterhaus (Rotterdam) and Fred Hayden (Virginia). Other speakers include J. Taubenberger (USA), D. Fleming (UK), C. Hannoun (France), N. Ferguson (UK), G. Laver (Australia) and D. Reddy (Switzerland). Full information on the web at:

3. A helpful analysis of Australia's approach to avian influenza planning at the website of the risk consultants, Peter M. Sandman, Phd and Jody Lanard, MD, "Superb Flu Pandemic Risk Communication: A Role Model from Australia" on the web at:

4. An educational website from a British group, Avian Flu Action, of which I am the Co-ordinator, sets out a number of resources, on the web at: http://www.avianfluaction...

Books of interest include:

1. John M. Barry, "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of The Deadliest Plauge in History," (Penguin, 2004)

2. Cass R. Sunstein, "Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principles" (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

3. Laurie Garrett, "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" (Hyperion, 2000)

4. Mike Davis, "The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu" (The New Press, 2005).

The current state of epidemic and pandemic alert in the view of the World Health Organization is presently 3 which is "No or very limited human-to-human transmission" as of 15 November 2005. For updates see the WHO website at:

Competing interests declared: Involved (rather than a competing interest), but I am Co-ordinator of a small British educational group: Avian Flu Action