Preparing for pandemic influenza: revisit the basics
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 16, Issue 10, pages 1858–1864, October 2007
How to Cite
Chan, W. F. and Wong, T. K. (2007), Preparing for pandemic influenza: revisit the basics. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16: 1858–1864. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.01831.x
- Issue published online: 18 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
- Submitted for publication: 8 March 2006 Accepted for publication: 26 September 2006
- antiviral treatment;
- avian influenza;
- infection control;
Aims and objectives. This paper attempts to address the global concern of the possible pandemic of influenza and avian influenza. In doing this, some unfounded beliefs related to influenza vaccines and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis are explored. This study also describes the essential measures for getting prepared.
Background. Based on the current epidemiology, availability of vaccines, antiviral prophylaxis and treatment and experience from SARS outbreak, the authors suggested that basic infection control measures should be emphasized to prepare for the pandemic. These measures include personal and environmental hygiene, surveillance and infection control precautions and education.
Conclusion. The authors provide evidence and explanations to demystify pandemic influenza and recommend measures that help to prevent cross infection.
Relevance to clinical practice. Although the preparedness is everyone's business, nurses play a crucial and indispensable role in this exercise. With prepared personnel, facilities and good infection control practices, nosocomial spread of the disease and pandemic can be prevented.