Responding to the avian influenza pandemic threat

Recommended strategic actions

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response / Global Influenza Programme

Publication details

Number of pages: 22
Publication date: 2005
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/CDS/CSR/GIP/2005.8



This document sets out activities that can be undertaken by individual countries, the international community, and WHO to prepare the world for the next influenza pandemic and mitigate its impact once international spread has begun. Recommended activities are specific to the threat posed by the continuing spread of the H5N1 virus. Addressed to policy-makers, the document also describes issues that can guide policy choices in a situation characterized by both urgency and uncertainty. Recommendations are phase-wise in their approach, with levels of alert, and corresponding activities, changing according to epidemiological indicators of increased threat.