Potential for another influenza pandemic: how should we be prepared?
Dr Helmut Walerius, Directorate General Health and Consumers, “Health Threats” Unit, European Commission
What are the chances of a new influenza pandemic ?
WHO Guidance on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response:
Â· Influenza pandemics are unpredictable but recurring events that can cause severe social, economic, and political stress. Advanced planning and preparedness are critical in helping to mitigate the impact of influenza epidemic or pandemics.
ECDC Guidance on Pandemic Preparedness:
Â· There is no evidence that the threat of a pandemic has in any way diminished; it is the view of WHO and ECDC that future pandemics are inevitable;
Â· The timing of the next pandemic, its viral type and epidemiological and clinical characteristics cannot be predicted.