Influenza

Public health preparedness

Public Health Preparedness
WHO /Elena Longarini

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

Pandemic Influenza Risk Management

PIRM update May 2017

Influenza pandemics are unpredictable but recurring events that can have consequences on human health and economic well-being worldwide. Advance planning and preparedness are critical to help mitigate the impact of a pandemic. This WHO guidance document, “Pandemic Influenza Risk Management” (PIRM), updates and replaces the “Pandemic Influenza Risk Management: WHO Interim Guidance” published in 2013. The main updates of the PIRM guidance from its 2013 interim version are alignment with other relevant United Nations policies for crisis and emergency management, and inclusion of the significant development in recent years of the strategies for pandemic vaccine response during the start of a pandemic.


Guidance for Surveillance during an Influenza Pandemic


Influenza Preparedness Plans


General Emergency and Health Plans