The purpose of this section is to ensure that foreign missions, international organizations and their members have a source dedicated to providing current information on issues related to the U.S. Government's response to threat of pandemic influenza. On June 11, 2009 the Director General of the World Health Organization announced the implementation of Phase 6 of the Global Influenza Preparedness Plan. Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase 6 will indicate that a global pandemic is under way. Foreign missions are encouraged to monitor and follow the WHO and the CDC, as well as state and local authorities for current information. Links and resources are provided for informational purposes only.
In accordance with the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, the Department of State hopes to ensure that the foreign missions, international organizations and their members are aware of the U.S. Government's efforts and resources that will be brought to bear in a coordinated manner against the threat of pandemic influenza. Such efforts require (or will require) the participation of, and coordination by, all levels of government and segments of society. State and local governments will be prepared, with information and guidance from the federal government, to take actions to best protect individuals residing in the United States.
The Federal Government has already taken a historic series of actions, domestically and internationally to address the pandemic threat. The actions include the development of a promising human vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza virus, the submission of a $7.1 billion budget request over several years to support pandemic preparedness, the establishment of the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, and the first Cabinet-level exercise to assess the Federal Government response to a naturally occurring threat.
For information in Spanish concerning H1N1 influenza, please review the following documents:
H1N1-GRAPHIC- Spanish Version
H1N1-Spanish Version ppt