An influenza pandemic is a natural phenomenon, instances of which have occurred from time to time for centuries, including 3 times during the last century.
They present a real and daunting challenge to the economic and social wellbeing of any country as well as a serious risk to the health of its population.
The measures outlined in this document are the outcome of widespread consultation among national policy holders, business and the faith communities, and representatives of local government. We hope that they will result in arrangements being put in place that will maintain dignity and respect for the dead, and care and compassion for survivors. This document aims to assist local authorities in making plans for dealing with additional deaths arising from an influenza pandemic.