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The information provided here has been developed to help inform Save the Children staff and offices about Influenza and Pandemic Threats, and is posted here to make this information more accessible to them. We make no representation about the suitability of these materials for other individuals or organizations, and accept no responsibility related to their use other than by Save the Children staff and offices.
Much of the information on this page was originally posted in 2006 to address the Avian Influenza H5N1 pandemic threat. Two additional concerning pandemic threats emerged in late 2012 and early 2013: Avian Influenza H7N9, and Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, not an influenza virus, but related to the virus that caused SARS and to Coronaviruses in bats). All three of these, H5N1, H7N9, and MERS, are RNA viruses with high rates of mutation. The concern is that any of these could evolve into a virus capable of sustained person-to-person respiratory transmission, and potentially cause a severe pandemic. We have expanded some content on this page to address the newer threats. We also believe that much of the information here is relevant to pandemic threats from respiratory viruses beyond the H5N1 virus. Some of these documents also apply to seasonal influenza (as noted).
For any questions or comments related to these documents or Save the Children's work in Influenza and Pandemic Threats, please contact all four of the following SC Pandemic Point Persons: Eric Starbuck at email@example.com, Kathryn Bolles at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeanne Koepsell at email@example.com, and Preetha Iyengar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Information for All Staff
Recommended Internet Sites for All Staff
Additional Information for Health Professionals & Outbreak Responders
For orientation of health professionals & those working on pandemic preparedness, please click here to see the PowerPoint presentation & Elluminate recording of "Pandemic Influenza: Epidemiology & Mitigation, History & Current Threat" and other slide sets.
Pandemic Flu Program Response
SC played a lead role in an initiative of several humanitarian organizations for community-level pandemic preparedness and response in developing countries. (See CORE):
The 1918 Pandemic
Save the Children staff may access the IPP Contact List, and a few other documents, with the use of a password at: Avian & Pandemic Flu Updates & Guidelines
Last Updated: April 2015