The comparison of Influenza Pandemic Strategies, 2007-2008

Chia-Chi Chang

2008 Vol.24 NO.12

Correspondence Author: Chia-Chi Chang


This article describes the formulation and assessment of the Taiwan influenza pandemic strategies for 2007 and 2008, international development in 2007, as well as the revision of the “Strategic plan for influenza pandemic response (strategic plan)”.
“Four major strategies and five lines of defense” have been the main structure for the influenza pandemic response of 2007 and 2008. The main revisions of the 2008 plan are: 1. subsume the role of volunteers; 2. include “border control” as a new chapter; 3. establish the details for vaccine and antiviral use; 5. others: strengthen laboratory detection capability, amend the terms of infectious medical system, enhance communication strategies, adopt the concept of assessment, and recognize the role and responsibility for each ministry.
We will make recommendations in accordance with the review of 2008. The next step is to strengthen communication with target populations and put their comments into consideration. We also will continue to assess the country’s preparedness, and use the assessment as the basis for the annual revision of the strategic plan. The ultimate objective is to minimize the effect and harm of influenza pandemic.
Keywords:influenza pandemic, assessment of strategy