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1957-58 Flu Pandemic Can Provide Clues to Planning for h1n1
Date:8/5/2009

n was made not to cancel or postpone large meetings such as conferences, church gatherings, or athletic events. Health officials emphasized providing medical care to those who were sick and keeping community and health services functioning. School absenteeism was high, but schools were not closed unless the number of students or teachers fell low enough to warrant closure.

Special efforts were made to speed the production of vaccine, but the quantities that were produced were too late to substantially affect the impact of the epidemic. The spread of the disease was so rapid that within 3 months it had swept across the country and had largely disappeared.

Although it is impossible to predict the course that H1N1 will take, planning for it can be informed by the experiences of the recent past.

The article, "Public Health and Medical Responses to the 1957-58 Influenza Pandemic," was published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism ahead of print at: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/bsp/0/0.

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation's resilience in the face of such events.


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