An influenza pandemic occurs when a novel influenza virus causes a worldwide outbreak of disease with a very high attack rate. ASTHO strives to improve pandemic preparedness among its members and to create a strong public health system that can respond to a pandemic. As part of that effort, ASTHO works with public health agencies to highlight the successes in responding to and preventing seasonal influenza, shares strategies across jurisdictions, and increases coordination and collaboration between public health, pharmacies, and diverse health care provider organizations.
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Mitigating Influenza in Vulnerable Populations
This project aims to improve influenza outcomes among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and racial-ethnic minorities, including tribes. ASTHO partners with relevant medical and professional organizations to develop resources, conduct outreach and build partnerships to improve influenza immunization rates in these vulnerable communities. Go to page »
At-Risk Populations Project
Some individuals are at increased risk of suffering severe consequences during an influenza pandemic and may need special assistance to maintain basic medical care, as well as access to food and shelter. This project developed guidance for state, territorial, tribal and local health departments on planning for at-risk populations and pandemic influenza.
In partnership with the CDC and NACCHO, ASTHO explored alternative approaches to antiviral management and distribution during a public health emergency. This project examined the system and approaches used for antiviral management and distribution during H1N1, identified lessons learned, and explored options for improvements for distribution, dispensing, and tracking of antivirals. The goal of this multi-year project was to improve the availability of antivirals (and potentially other countermeasures) for timely dispensing during a public health emergency.