Ethics and health

Addressing ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning

Examining the wide range of issues raised by a potential influenza pandemic


Pandemic influenza and ethics

ASTHO (US): At-Risk Populations and Pandemic Influenza

Some individuals are at increased risk of suffering severe consequences during an influenza pandemic and may need special assistance to maintain basic medical care, as well as access to food and shelter. This project developed guidance for state, territorial, tribal and local health departments on planning for at-risk populations and pandemic influenza. The guidance and supporting materials were released in 2008 and are posted below.

New Zealand National Ethics Advisory Committee

The National Ethics Advisory Committee – Kāhui Matatika o te Motu (NEAC) has completed its work on ethical values for a pandemic. One of NEAC’s main statutory functions is to advise the Minister of Health on ethical issues of national significance regarding health and disability. The Committee believes that minimising harm from any pandemic, minimising inequalities in the impact of any pandemic, and getting through any pandemic together are issues of this sort. Getting Through Together considers ethical issues in a pandemic.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As part of its planning for a possible outbreak of pandemic influenza, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with its Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC to identify ethical considerations relevant to public health decision-making during planning for and responding to pandemic influenza. CDC requested that the Ethics Subcommittee provide input on ethical considerations in vaccine and anti-viral drug distribution prioritization and in the development of interventions that would limit individual freedom and create social distancing. The resulting document, Ethical Guidelines in Pandemic Influenza, provides guidance that the Ethics Subcommittee proposes serve as a foundation for ethical decision making for pandemic influenza.

Documents from the Bellagio meeting

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, an international group of experts met in Bellagio, Italy, from 24 July to 28 July 2006 to consider questions of social justice and the threat of avian and human pandemic influenza, with particular focus on the needs and interests of the world’s disadvantaged.

Pandemic Influenza and Ethics - Stand on Guard for Thee

A report on ethical considerations in preparedness and planning for pandemic influenza by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

Citizen Voices on Pandemic Flu Choices

A report of the Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza, which describes the convening of a representative group of stakeholders and citizens-at-large, the structure and process of stakeholder and citizen dialogues and deliberations, and the decisions made and recommendations that were developed.

Plate-forme de reflexion pandemie grippale

This site is an initiative by the Espace Ethique and the Université Paris-Sud 11 dedicated to the ethical aspects of a potential flu pandemic [in French].

Provincial Health Ethics Network

The Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN) is a non- profit, non- partisan organization which provides resources to Albertans to support systematic and thoughtful analysis of ethical issues in the health system.

Quebec Public Health Ethics Committee (Comité d’éthique de santé publique, CESP)

Opinion about the public health dimension of the Quebec plan for fighting against pandemic influenza (in French).

French National Ethics Committee for Health and Life Science

Opinion N° 106: Ethical issues raised by a possible influenza pandemic

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