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TITLE Use of antiviral agents and other measures in an influenza pandemic   antiviral_agents.pdf (341.5 KB)
Document ID LIB447
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 27/06/1905
Document reference 2005/05E
Original language of the document English
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health

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Short description  Influenza viruses give rise to epidemics virtually every year and they occasionally also lead to pandemics (i.e. epidemics on a global scale). Unlike the epidemics, influenza pandemics are, to a great extent, unpredictable. Thus although it is generally expected that another influenza pandemic will occur, we cannot predict when this will be. Furthermore, if a pandemic arises abroad it is difficult to predict how long it will be before it reaches our own country. And once it has arrived here, we can only make a partial estimate of how many people will fall ill, which population groups are at greater risk and which individuals, being ill, run a greater risk of complications...
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Influenza viruses give rise to epidemics virtually every year and they occasionally also lead to pandemics (i.e. epidemics on a global scale). Unlike the epidemics, influenza pandemics are, to a great extent, unpredictable. Thus although it is generally expected that another influenza pandemic will occur, we cannot predict when this will be. Furthermore, if a pandemic arises abroad it is difficult ...

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