Origins and Blame and Stories
January 11, 2011
Your working group has one hour to discuss the following questions:
Where did these strains come from?
How did they spread?
Dr. Ian Greenwald, an emergency physician at Duke University Medical Center and an expert in distaster response planning, offers his thoughts on a mass vaccination campaign in the Durham/Chapel Hill area in the face of a disruptive and widespread pandemic during Session III (Emergency Preparedness and Response: Global Pandemic, Local Contexts).
Given the “news break” from INN regarding a potential pandemic in China with a significant implication to Duke.
Fortunately, Dr. Schuchat (the Assistant Surgeon General) is going to brief us on what is current known about influenza viruses and help clarify what is fact and fiction.
How did the keynote speaker help improve your understanding of flu and the potential risk of a future pandemic?
Are there any strategies or methods to help control the impact of such a pandemic given by Dr. Schuchat?
What are the concerns about the current health infrastructure to deal with a future pandemic? Do you feel we are ready now?
(Please note that the news brief is for education purposes and is fictional).
(note: Winter Forum participants should attend in person)
This Sunday, Jan 9, 5:45pm EST, virtually attend the keynote address, delivered by CDC Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD: http://www.ustream.tv/DukeUniversity#events
Dr. Schuchat is the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service and the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Dr. Schuchat will discuss the challenges of surveillance and containment of influenza epidemics and the lessons learned from past outbreaks, including H1N1, Avian Flu, and SARS.
Also, DGHI will be tweeting live from the event. Join the conversation using hash tag #DukeLive.
According to this Time article, the health department of the state of New York over the summer of 2009 made it mandatory that all health care workers receive the influenza vaccine. Complementing the IDSA policy reading, this article discusses some of the ethical concerns with making influenza vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers.
In the second reading for the plenary session, Laurie Garrett (2005) explains that isolation measures do not reduce the rate at which the influenza virus spreads. Do any of you have any ideas why quarantine measures are not very effective?