We understand that public confidence in the Government’s pandemic strategy depends on it being based on a credible and wide-ranging evidence base, which has been objectively analysed. This enables informed decisions and ensures that all options are explored to their full potential. With this in mind, the Cabinet Office has led a group of experts from across government in analysing the evidence available on possible measures to reduce the impact of an influenza pandemic.
This paper summarises this work. It aims to provide a ‘snap-shot’ of the available scientific evidence underpinning the spectrum of possible strategies to respond to pandemic influenza. It covers both the medical and social countermeasures available.