Public health preparedness
The impact of pandemic influenza outbreaks on individuals and societies can be reduced by being well prepared. This means having a comprehensive plan, that has been tested and refined through conducting exercises, engaging the whole of society.
National plans should be flexible enough to respond to outbreaks of various intensity. Communication will be one of the most challenging tasks during an outbreak and it should be planned well in advance.
Publications on public health preparedness
WHO Guidance for Surveillance during an Influenza Pandemic
- Pandemic influenza risk management - A WHO guide to inform & harmonize national & international pandemic preparedness and response
- Summary of Key Information Practical to Countries Experiencing Outbreaks of A(H5N1) and Other Subtypes of Avian Influenza
- Reducing transmission of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in school settings
- Interim planning considerations for mass gatherings in the context of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza
- Behavioural interventions for reducing the transmission and impact of influenza A(H1N1) virus: a framework for communication strategies
WHO Handbook for Journalists: Influenza Pandemic
Best practices for communicating with the public during an outbreak