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This document sets out how the health and social care sectors should respond operationally to flu pandemics. It incorporates the lessons identified from the H1N1 (2009) flu pandemic. It supports, and should be read alongside, the ‘UK influenza pandemic preparedness strategy 2011 and reflects the changes set out in the strategy:
develop improved plans for the initial response to a new pandemic
ensure a response that is proportionate to a range of scenarios
allow for differences in the rate and pattern of spread of the disease across the country and
further explore statistical population-based surveillance, such as serology to measure the
severity of a pandemic in its early stages
take better account of information from behavioural scientists about how people are likely to
think, feel and behave during a flu pandemic
develop improved plans for managing the end of a flu pandemic – the recovery