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Planning for uncertainty: a European approach to informing responses to the severity of influenza epidemics and pandemics

Nicoll, Angus

World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Jul 2011, Vol.89(7), pp.542-4 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Planning for uncertainty: a European approach to informing responses to the severity of influenza epidemics and pandemics
  • Author/Creator: Nicoll, Angus
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Humans–Epidemiology ; Influenza, Human–Epidemiology ; Pandemics–Epidemiology ; Semantics–Epidemiology
  • Is Part Of: World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Jul 2011, Vol.89(7), pp.542-4
  • Description: The internationally accepted definition of a pandemic is straightforward and well known: “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”.1 However, as Doshi reminds us, for any modern influenza pandemic, with many available powerful countermeasures, it is the detailed description that is crucial in determining proportionate responses, not the definition.2
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00429686 ; E-ISSN: 15640604 ; DOI: 10.2471/BLT.11.089508