Planning for a pandemic needs to take place before an outbreak occurs. Your business continuity plan should provide guidelines for action in any number of emergency and non-emergency events. A pandemic is defined as ‘an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, for example, multiple continents or even worldwide’ (see: MoH NZ Influenza Pandemic Plan).

Community & Public Health monitor a range of conditions of public health importance. Fact Sheets are available from their website.

Canterbury Primary Response Group have prepared a Pandemic Plan on behalf of primary care in Canterbury. This plan focuses on the processes, structures and roles to support and coordinate general practice, community pharmacy, community nursing and other primary health care providers in the reduction of, readiness for, response to and recovery from an influenza pandemic. It is a subset of the CPRG Emergency Plan.