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    Flu planning by American College of Emergency Physicians

If you’re curious about the "National Strategic Plan for Emergency Department Management of Outbreak of Novel H1N1 Influenza", as published by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the link is http://www.acep.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx

Sobering.  There are a lot of links for further information at the end of the document.

 

 
Risk Awareness 
 
Threat 
 
 
If the virus follows the pandemic patterns of the 20th 
century, health care providers should prepare for the 
potential of higher level of virulence in the fall wave, 
which occurred in both 1918 and 1957. Patterns would 
suggest cases could appear in early fall and will be 
occurring well into the normal seasonal flu months. If this 
occurs, the population will not have had available vaccine, 
and similar patterns of infection are expected, with higher 
prevalence in children and young adults. 
 
Should a second wave occur in the early fall, a vaccine 
is unlikely to be available. Without vaccine, the best 
defense the nation will have in reducing transmission 
would be community mitigation strategies. Since case 
rates are highest in school-aged children, school closures 
would likely be one of the first strategies employed. This 
would result in parents needing to remain home with 
their children and the consequent loss of workplace 
productivity. This would include healthcare workers, 
reducing the ability of emergency departments and 
hospitals to function at peak efficiency. An equally 
important community mitigation strategy is keeping 
people who are ill, even at the first sign, from entering 
the workplace. Encouraging social distancing and 
frequent hand washing policies are important parts of 
the strategy. The combination of the effects of the disease 
and employing these measures could affect the business 
practices of all the critical infrastructure operators, 
possibly impeding their ability to maintain normal 
operations. 
 
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