Australia’s influenza containment plan and the swine flu epidemic in Victoria

M Lindsay Grayson and Paul D R Johnson
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02724.x
Published online: 3 August 2009

What lessons can be learnt from Australia’s initial response to the outbreak?

Given all the detailed planning and preparation that has gone into the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI)1 over the past 4 years, Australians may be wondering how well the plan has performed in Victoria during the recent H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreak. As clinicians working in one of the main affected hospitals, we would like to offer four key observations.

  • Infectious Diseases Department, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.

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  • 4. Hayden FG, Atmar RL, Schilling M, et al. Use of the selective oral neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir to prevent influenza. N Engl J Med 1999; 341: 1336-1343.


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