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OP&R : Pandemic Influenza

Pandemic Influenza (Pan Flu)

An influenza pandemic would be a global disease outbreak with potential to affect millions of people. A flu pandemic occurs when a novel (new) influenza virus emerges that human beings have little or no immunity to. This virus would easily spread amongst humans and could be fatal. A flu pandemic is unlike any other public health emergency or natural disaster in terms of complexity, distribution and ability to devastate Maryland, the United States and the world. A pandemic would be widespread, with outbreaks occurring simultaneously throughout the state. Consequences of a severe pandemic would include: high rates of worker absenteeism, a crowded health care system, and disease and death among residents.

The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Office of Preparedness & Response has been planning for a pandemic event. Our plans and activities include:

  • A current Pandemic Influenza Plan
  • Annual pandemic influenza exercises for emergency personnel
  • Partnering with local, state, federal and private agencies to form a comprehensive approach to abating and mitigating a flu pandemic
  • A stockpile of antiviral medications and medical supplies

Flu Resources

Last updated: 9.25.15