The Situation Room: A Step by Step Procedure toward Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

  • Miguel Angel Castro-Jiménez Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Lina María Vera-Cala Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Gloria Janneth Rey-Benito Instituto Nacional de Salud
Keywords: Influenza A virus, Epidemiology, Disease Outbreaks, Public Health Practice

Abstract

In the context of the public health surveillance, the situation room might be playing an interesting role as a strategy for early alert and follow-up of a specific public health event and its determinants. The implementation and proper functioning of an influenza situation room monitoring seasonal and pandemic influenza or any other public health event could help to mitigate the impact of the next pandemic on public health in any country regardless of its level of economic development. This paper is aimed to suggest some basic steps for implementing an Influenza Situation Room as a strategy of prevention of diseases with potential to cause human pandemics and its mitigation if it has already occurred.

Author Biographies

Miguel Angel Castro-Jiménez, Universidad Industrial de Santander
Researcher, Department of Public Health
Lina María Vera-Cala, Universidad Industrial de Santander
Researcher, Department of Public Health
Published
2009-10-22
How to Cite
1.
Castro-Jiménez MA, Vera-Cala LM, Rey-Benito GJ (2009) The Situation Room: A Step by Step Procedure toward Pandemic Influenza Preparedness. J Infect Dev Ctries 3:649-653. doi: 10.3855/jidc.257
Section
Emerging Problems in Infectious Diseases