Pandemic

A pandemic occurs when a new virus spreads easily from person to person. 

A pandemic can occur at any time - the last being in 2009. Fortunately the virus caused only a mild flu illness in most people affected.  A future pandemic virus may cause more severe illness.

What are we doing in North Yorkshire?

We work together to plan for:

  • Management of the demand on the NHS and social care.
  • Distribution of anti-viral medication to the public.
  • Vaccination with the newly developed pandemic vaccine once available.
  • Public awareness.
  • Making plans to deal with the potential number of deaths.
  • Making sure individual organisations have their own business continuity plans in place to cope in times of staff shortage.

Where can you get further information?

Visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pandemic-flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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