Emergency Management: Pandemic Flu Case Analysis

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Peruse the Pennsylvania Pandemic Flu Plan. No disaster plan is without flaws or weaknesses. Based on your knowledge of disaster mitigation and response, as well as your knowledge of public health, design a tool which could be used by the PA DOH (Department of Health) as an instructional guide to their county offices on how they plan to handle an influenza pandemic. As part of this guide, present at least 5 weaknesses or potential weaknesses that you find here. Additionally, comment on how and why personnel in county public health offices may be overwhelmed during a pandemic and what tasks they would have to address to assist in response to and mitigation of the disaster.

The format you use for the case analysis is flexible. You could prepare a PPT that is designed like a short training course (~20-25 slides) or you can prepare it in a more narrative, report-type format (something ~6-8 pages should cover it). You could also choose to create something like a trainer's manual (using Word) that an instructor would rely on to train a group of public health workers.

Reference to appropriate authoritative resources and official websites. Must be accessible online. Use New Times Roman 12 font with 1” margins and APA style. If needed.

In the attachments, you will find Pennsylvania Pandemic Flu Plan.

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Pandemic Flu Case Analysis
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Pandemic Flu Case Analysis
In 2009, the world witnessed the spread of the influenza pandemic (H1N1) virus
(Fineberg, 2014). Most hospital departments were filled with patients who were asymptomatic.
In public health, the departments of emergencies had to modify their plans and strategies to cope
up with the evolving pandemic through the provision of protective equipment, establishment of
more vaccination centers or clinics and communication delivery to the public. There have been
advancements in technology in the detection of the disease, treatment, containment, improved
protective clothing and equipment, protocols that have been updated and how infectious diseases
can be dealt with (Fineberg, 2014). An experienced response to large infectious diseases and
outbreaks of seasonal influenza has contributed enormously to the capability of responding to
up-coming pandemics.
Threats Associated with the Influenza Pandemic
The threats associated with an influenza pandemic are real, whether from a new virus or a
more lethal H1N1 strain (Fineberg, 2014). It is important that respected leaders and other leaders
from the municipality ensure that the pandemic’s effect is reduced on families and individuals as
well as the economy at large. A mild pandemic may equal a severe outbreak of usual influenza
but could result in social and economic catastrophes. While prevention of the severe pandemic
from reaching areas may be difficult, the local are authorities have the capacity to do in
preparation of lessening the impact. If an area is not well prepared, it will lead to loss of lives
and impact the country economically. It is important for leaders to come up with strategies either
through education or guidance to encourage individuals to prepare.



Seasonal influenza is sickness of the breathing affecting people often in the cold seasons
(Fineberg, 2014). It is less severe than a pandemic influenza. Symptoms may include tiredness,
coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, pain and fever. A pandemic
refers to an outbreak of a disease globally (Fineberg, 2014). A pandemic influenza occurs when
there is a new strain variety capable of spreading directly from one person to another. The
pandemics that have occurred in the previous decades have resulted in a lot of deaths. That of
1918-1919 resulted in the death of approximately forty million people in the world mostly those
above the age of sixty (Fineberg, 2014). There was closure of public places of gathering and
quarantine and isolation of those infected in an attempt to seize the spread of the infection.
The pandemic illness results in more infections and deaths because of the vulnerability of
the whole populations to it and the reduced immunity against the virus and it causes more
complications due increased susceptibility to more infections s...

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