Nurses, physicians and PAs are the backbone of the health care system, and it is critical that they are engaged in pandemic
planning," explained Sandra E.
influenza occurs when there is an emergence of a new influenza strain to which we, as humans, do not have any immunity.
Despite the prediction that Alaska's economy could suffer greater economic losses than 47 states, the state ranks 48th in terms of funds allocated for pandemic
preparations by the U.
The United States was overwhelmed by the 1918-1919 pandemic
flu, which caused the deaths of at least 675,000 Americans.
The severity of a pandemic
is primarily determined by its death rate, or the percentage of infected people who die.
who also chairs the pandemic
planning task force for the American College Health Association.
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) expects three global pandemics
in every century.
Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Sudbury and District Health Unit, Vera Etches says pandemic
planning can pay huge dividends for businesses and their suppliers down the road.
Global health experts say it's inevitable that an influenza pandemic
will strike the U.
She points out that during the 1918 influenza pandemic
in New Zealand, more nurses died than any other professional group because of their close proximity to infected patients and the increased exposure to the virus.
is clearly different and that's what we're looking at," says Linda Erdos, director of school and community relations at Arlington Public Schools in Virginia.
Even so, a human pandemic
caused by bird flu is by no means inevitable.