Influenza pandemics have, in the past, caught the world by surprise. Today we have been given a clear warning, enabling nations around the world to better prepare for the next pandemic.
Although no one can predict with any certainty when a pandemic will occur, the H5N1 (Avian flu) virus demonstrates considerable pandemic potential.
For this reason, the La Porte County Pandemic Response Committee was formed. The Committee is a partnership of agencies from both the public and private sector whose mission is to develop response plans to protect our community in the event of a pandemic. Some of the activities of the committee include:
- Monitoring the evolving situation
- Enhancing communication among agencies
- Assessing the potential medical needs of the community
- Addressing any identified gaps before a pandemic unfolds
- Education of the public and professional groups
Once efficient human to human transmission begins, there will be little time to prepare.
Now is the time to raise awareness and knowledge of pandemic influenza. Past emergencies have taught all of us that timely and accurate information is essential to gain the cooperation of the public. Communication messages on how families can protect themselves and some of the public health measures under consideration to minimize the impact of a pandemic will be crucial in obtaining the public’s cooperation.
We appreciate your interest in our endeavors, and thank you in advance for assisting us in keeping the citizens of La Porte County informed.