212798 Update on Pandemic Influenza A/H1N1

Monday, November 9, 2009: 9:00 AM

Stephen Ostroff, MD , Bureau of Epidemiology, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
Since the novel (pandemic) influenza A/H1N1 was identified in April, the medical care and public health systems in all states have been challenged to monitor, respond to, treat, and prevent this emerging disease. During the first wave of illness in the spring and early summer, Pennsylvania identified almost 2,000 confirmed cases due to this new virus, most of which were in metropolitan Philadelphia. These confirmed cases represent only a small fraction of all cases. During this initial wave, the state health department dealt with a wide array of challenges, including limited laboratory capacity, distribution and use of antiviral medications and personal protective equipment, and issues concerning schools, workplaces, correctional facilities, and people with special needs. As time passes, challenges are becoming more complex, including vaccine administration, monitoring of adverse vaccine effects, and preparation for a possible surge of cases. This presentation will also address the current status of pandemic influenza, measures to address priority needs and issues concerning preparedness, including the possible impact of influenza A/H1N1 on the public health workforce.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current status of the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Describe the roles that public health workers can play in addressing this pandemic.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on the topic I am responsible for since I direct the Pennsyvania State Health Department's Epidemiology Activity.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.