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Improving Global Influenza Surveillance

Strategies for the U.S. Government

Published May 3, 2007

by Melinda Moore, Edward W. Chan, Nicole Lurie, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Danielle M. Varda, John A. Zambrano

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In May 2006, the U.S. government issued its comprehensive government-wide plan to prepare for the next influenza pandemic: the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, which lays out responsibilities for federal agency actions in the United States. One of the Implementation Plan’s three pillars is Surveillance and Detection, which prominently focuses on international surveillance activities. This documents reports on a RAND study, conducted from October 2005 through November 2006, which identifies strategies for improving global influenza surveillance and suggests practical steps that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services might consider for implementing them. The study’s systematic analytic approach also resulted in the development of an interactive tool that agencies can use to evaluate the effects of selected strategies. The interactive tool and the approach described in the study approach should also be of interest to public administrators who routinely must determine strategies for a variety of public policy issues.

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