Client(s): Vermont Department of Health
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Systems Transformation
Technical Expertise: State and Local Public Health
It is highly unlikely that the most effective tool for mitigating a flu pandemic (i.e., a well-matched pandemic strain vaccine) will be available when a pandemic begins. This means that we must be prepared to face the first wave of the next pandemic without vaccine and potentially without sufficient antiviral medications. Therefore, pandemic mitigation plans need to be developed based upon nonpharmaceutical interventions that rely on State agencies and local communities to implement until each wave of pandemic flu subsides, or sufficient pharmaceutical interventions become available.
JSI was contracted by the Vermont Department of Health to develop a planning document for state government and communities designing local and statewide Pandemic Flu Community Mitigation Plans. In order to accomplish this, JSI staff worked with a statewide committee composed of state representatives and eight subcommittees composed of state staff and community organizations. The resulting document consists of operational guidelines that target foundational components for future planning and implementation of pandemic flu readiness activities. In addition, the document sets forth criteria, providing a framework for planning processes and preparedness activities which address nonpharmaceutical interventions to mitigate pandemic flu.