Exercise development guide for validating influenza pandemic preparedness plans
The Pandemic Influenza Laboratory Preparedness Network (PILPN) of the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network (CPHLN) has developed this document, which is based on current best practices for the laboratory detection of influenza as well as the lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
Planning assumptions related to pandemic preparedness are found in the main body of the CPIP.
Exercise Cumpston 06 was successful in validating Australia's plans for responding to an influenza pandemic.
A large number of international observers attended and were impressed by the coherence of Australia's plans and the conduct of the exercise.
Pandemic preparedness and response are intimately tied to public health and epidemiology objectives, together with the often competing patient care imperative.
While front-line laboratories focus primarily on patient care, it is important that PHLs balance the needs of patient care with public health/epidemiology objectives.