Pandemic Influenza Preparation

Wednesday August 20, 2008

What is it?

An influenza pandemic is caused when the influenza (or "flu") virus mutates to produce a strain so different from previous strains that there is no natural immunity to it and the disease becomes widespread. Each year there is a worldwide flu season that ordinarily causes about 37,000 deaths in the U.S. Flu pandemics occur about three times each century.

What has the Army done?

The Army Operations Center (AOC) completed an Avian Influenza Response Table Top Exercise (TTX) Oct. 2-13, 2006. The Army has developed a Pandemic Plan. In accordance with DOD Directive 6200.3, Public Health Emergency Officers (PHEOs) have been appointed at Army installations and AMC depots.

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Information Papers with 2008 Army Posture Statement

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Soldiers improve force protection training (ARNews)
  • Anthrax case raises concerns about highly secure programs (FT)
  • Scientists, battlefield medics share ideas (DL)
  • Md. warns Army of lawsuit (BS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Bombings in Algeria kill 11 (NYT)
  • Neighbors worry about Pakistan's stability (WSJ)
  • Opinion: Musharraf's departure creates pivotal moment in terror war (USA)
  • Taliban claim credit for Pakistan blast (CNN)

OF INTEREST

  • Russian behavior in Georgia isolates Moscow, rice says at NATO meeting (DL)
  • Iraq seeks U.S. apology for last falls raid (NPR)
  • Fort Hunt GIs sent WWII POWs care packages (NPR)
  • Athens silver medalist Anti finishes ninth in Beijing (DL)
  • Iraq poised to revive oil contract with China (NYT)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. may take over Afghan anti-terrorist mission (Article | Source)
  • 'Shocked' Nicolas Sarkozy vows to keep French forces in Afghanistan (Article | Source)
  • U.S. and Poland seal missile deal (Article | Source)
  • Survivors in Georgia tell of ethnic killing in wake of fighting (Article | Source)
  • Georgia facing reality of defeat (Article | Source)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Combat Medics and SSG Matt Sims (MP)
  • FW: Three years on... (TCO)
  • Free marble for the Tomb of the Unknowns (BF)
  • Road 2 recovery (SP)
  • Army funds 'synthetic telepathy' research (Wired)

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Events

Aug. 8 - 24, 2008: XXIX Olympic Games: Beijing 2008: U.S Army Olympian Web site

Aug. 16, 2008: 25th Anniversary of Army Family Action Plan site

Sept. 7, 2008: Freedom Walk

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

There's a dramatic decrease in mortality from previous wars because of the advancements made in trauma care. The key has been those medics, those doctors and medical teams doing what they do in horrible conditions.

Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's, Combat Casualty Care Director, Col. Dallas Hack

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