Canada in the face of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic

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Journal titleInfluenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
Pages8388; # of pages: 6
Subjectinfluenza H1N1 pandemic; intervention strategies; policy decision-making; modelling
AbstractBackground:  Initial public health responses to the 2009 influenza H1N1 pandemic were based on difficult decisions in the face of substantial uncertainty. Policy effectiveness depends critically on such decisions, and future planning for maximum protection of community health requires understanding of the impact of public health responses in observed scenarios. Objectives:  In alignment with the objectives of the Pandemic Influenza Outbreak Research Modelling Team (Pan-InfORM) and the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM), a focused workshop was organized to: (i) evaluate Canada's response to the spring and autumn waves of the novel H1N1 pandemic; (ii) learn lessons from public health responses, and identify challenges that await public health planners and decision-makers; and (iii) understand how best to integrate resources to overcome these challenges. Main outcome measures:  We report on key presentations and discussions that took place to achieve the objectives of the workshop. Conclusions  Future emerging infectious diseases are likely to bring far greater challenges than those imposed by the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Canada must address these challenges and enhance its capacity for emergency responses by integrating modelling, surveillance, planning, and decision-making.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Biodiagnostics; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number19727293
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