What is an Influenza Pandemic?

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak.  A Flu Pandemic occurs when a new flu virus emerges for which people have little, or no, immunity.  This will allow the virus to spread quickly and widely.

The Department of Health is the lead department for pandemic flu planning.  The government has developed a national plan and the Surrey Local Resilience Forum has developed plans to deal with such an eventuality in this area.  The government also have a stockpile of anti-virals.