Pandemic influenza: Experts believe that the next influenza pandemic is imminent. With the recent H1N1 Mexican outbreak of "swine flu" and previous concerns about the current avian influenza strain H5N1 (and subclades) the threat is apparent.
This expert report provides a comprehensive up-to-date review of the current status of global pandemic preparedness and planning. A particular emphasis is placed on the role of pre-pandemic H5N1 vaccines and pandemic specific vaccines relative to other pandemic countermeasures.
The report captures the viewpoints of 5 recognised global opinion leaders and discusses current arguments for and against "early" pre-pandemic priming and potential impacts on seasonal influenza vaccination.