National Pandemic Influenza Plan


This National Pandemic Influenza Plan is based on eight core elements:

  • communications strategy
  • telephone hotline
  • outlining the responsibilities of the public
  • surveillance
  • antiviral drugs
  • pandemic vaccine
  • reorganisation of health services and redeployment of health service staff
  • essential supplies.

This plan is based on the assumption that 96% of those who fall ill can be cared for in their own homes. Much of the planning effort revolves around making this possible.

It includes:

  • a communications plan to keep healthcare professionals and the public informed and advised at all times
  • provision of antiviral medicines to those who fall ill to reduce the duration and severity of their symptoms
  • a dedicated telephone hotline to provide advice and support.

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