Federal, provincial and territorial governments have worked together to develop the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector. More than 200 experts helped prepare the plan, which was first published in 2004 and is updated regularly. It serves as a guide for health-care professionals, who must plan for and respond to influenza pandemics.
The plan provides recommendations for a wide range of health-related activities, from monitoring the spread of a virus (even before it reaches Canada) to using the most effective vaccines and medicines to decrease illness. It offers a national, public-health approach to preparing for an influenza pandemic in Canada.
In addition to the federal plan, other levels of government and individual health-care institutions have developed written emergency response plans to meet their particular needs. Plans have also been created for agencies and businesses, which might be affected by a public-health emergency (Public Health Agency of Canada [PHAC]).
Currently, PHAC is reviewing the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan in consultation with key stakeholders (including CNA) while considering lessons learned during the H1N1 pandemic.
- Public Health Agency of Canada