Policy paper

Overarching government strategy to respond to a flu pandemic: analysis of the scientific evidence base

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

A 'snap-shot' of the available scientific evidence underpinning the spectrum of possible strategies to respond to pandemic flu.

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Overarching Government Strategy to respond to an Influenza Pandemic - Analysis of the scientific evidence base

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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.