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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 11, 2000

Availability of Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning FluAid, 2.0

JAMA. 2000;284(14):1782. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1782-JWR1011-4-1

MMWR. 2000;49:791

Influenza pandemics have occurred three times during the 20th century: 1918, 1957, and 1968. Experts predict that another influenza pandemic is likely, if not inevitable. Prepandemic planning is essential if influenza pandemic-related morbidity, mortality, and social disruption are to be minimized. To help state and local public health officials and policy makers prepare for the next influenza pandemic, CDC has developed FluAid, 2.0, a specialized software that estimates the number of deaths, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits that may occur during the next pandemic. The software also will help planners calculate the potential burden of an influenza pandemic on health-care resources (e.g., number of hospital beds required and doctors available to see outpatients as a percentage of existing capacity).

Starting September 1, 2000, FluAid, 2.0 will be available from the National Vaccine Program Office's World-Wide Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/od/nvpo/pandemics/. The software can be downloaded or can be accessed as an online calculator. A manual is provided explaining the software, required data inputs, and suggestions for data sources. FluAid is in the public domain and available free of charge.