**Please Note: The purpose of the Pandemic Influenza Annex to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environments Internal Emergency Response Plan is to provide a guide for the states response to an influenza pandemic.
An influenza, or flu, pandemic is caused by a worldwide outbreak of disease when a new flu virus spreads among people.
Pandemics are different from seasonal outbreaks or epidemics of influenza. Seasonal outbreaks are caused by subtypes of influenza viruses that already exist among people. Pandemic outbreaks are caused by new subtypes or by subtypes that have never circulated among people or that have not circulated among people for a long time. Past influenza pandemics have led to high levels of illness, death, social problems, and economic loss.
The Pandemic Influenza Annex describes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environments basic strategies of:
* disease surveillance, or monitoring (including laboratory capacity);
* vaccine and medication delivery;
* communications; and
* emergency management activities.
The plan also describes how the state might approach non-medical measures in the community to control the disease, and public health's legal authority to take action, based on the governors orders.
This draft Pandemic Influenza Annex is a working document that is updated based on actual events and lessons learned from exercises and drills.
Pandemic Influenza Planning
FAQ on Pandemic Flu
Guidelines for Business Pandemic Readiness
Summary of Colorado's 2006 Pandemic Readiness and Emergency Planning Summit
Colorado Pandemic Influenza Anex to CDPHE Internal Emergency Response Implementation Plan
* Phases of Pandemic
* Priority List Vaccines
* Priority List Antiviral
* Community Containment
* Hospital Surveillance
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