January 15, 2010


 Pandemic flu policy in place

Posted Jan. 1, 2010

The AVMA has adopted a policy concerning pandemic influenza readiness.

The policy proposed by the Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues and approved by the Executive Board reads as follows:

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
The AVMA encourages its members to have pandemic influenza preparedness plans in place for themselves, their families and their businesses.

Pandemic influenza viruses pose unmatched disease control challenges, given their rapid spread across the globe in addition to their ability to lead to infection in all age groups, the background continued. Another challenge is the possible susceptibility of a variety of animal species to various influenza strains. Veterinarians in private or public practice could, therefore, be called on to provide subject matter expertise on these issues.