Date: August 19, 2017

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Pandemic Planning

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A pandemic is an infectious disease that can spread through the human populations over a large area.

When a pandemic occurs it can spread rapidly to all communities in Ontario triggering all levels of government to implement their pandemic contingency plans. Response measures will be determined by the available treatments, the severity of the illness, and the efficiency of transmission from human to human.

Appropriate planning can reduce the number of people who become ill from a pandemic. It is critical that every jurisdiction be prepared to act quickly and effectively to contain the spread of a pandemic and limit its impact.

What can you do?

  • Get the flu vaccine every year – the shot will not protect you from a pandemic influenza virus, but it will protect you from seasonal influenza, which could weaken your immune system or resistance to the pandemic influenza.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water – good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of all influenza viruses.
  • Keep an alcohol-based sanitizer at work, home and in your car. The sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol (gel or wipes).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or try to sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Follow instructions provided by public health officials. For example, this may include limiting contact within large group settings.


For more information on pandemics and pandemic planning visit The Public Health Agency of Canada.