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Public health measures in an influenza pandemic – the importance of surveillance.

One of the most controversial aspects of planning for a pandemic concerns public health measures that could reduce its impact. There are many measures it is proposed could be taken with the aim of pushing back the bulk of transmission towards the natural decline that occurs in the warmer summer months, and when specific pandemic vaccines become available. In Europe, it is unlikely that “one size will fit all” except for the few measures that are at the “relatively easy” (handwashing and personal respiratory hygiene) or “very difficult – don’t do it” (border closure) extremes. Even if simple solutions were possible, it is not in the mandate of the ECDC to prescribe policy. To inform discussions and decisions by member states and EU bodies, ECDC have published an interim Guide to Public Health Measures to Reduce the Impact of Influenza Pandemics during Phase 6 - “The ECDC Menu”. The primary intended audience is those who develop policy and decision makers, although secondary audiences are all those concerned with influenza, the public and the media. Eurosurveillance 2007: vol 12, issue 11, 1 Nov.