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Session: Quarantine, Isolation and Other Human Rights Issues in Disease Control and Prevention
4129.0: Tuesday, November 07, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Quarantine, Isolation and Other Human Rights Issues in Disease Control and Prevention
Ethical issues in infectious disease represent an important focus for public health ethics, because ethical issues are an important component of emergency preparedness. Pandemic Flu presents one of the most visible and concerning public health threats in recent decades. Resources to combat this potential threat are scarce, with anti-viral treatments such as Tamiflu in short supply, and vaccines expected to take months to develop once a threatening strain of influenza is identified. Should pandemic influenza strike, then, considerable triage of resources will be necessary. This session will review and analyze ethical issues concerning allocation of scarce resources, social duties to health workers, and issues of omission and commission in response decision making.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to: 1. Identify the salient ethical issues in pandemic flu response; 2. Identify the key elements of triage in times of resource scarcity; 3. Identify social obligations to public health responders.
Moderator(s):Emily Anderson
12:30 PMEthical Issues in Pandemic Flu Response  [ Recorded presentation ]
Thomas May, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Ethics Forum
Endorsed by:Epidemiology; HIV/AIDS; Health Law Forum; Maternal and Child Health; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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