from the http://www.fluwikie2.com/ Your ideas are needed so they can be passed along to improve our preparedness. Suggestions should be submitted at the link below (if we don’t include ourselves in planning, we don’t get included in plans or in mitigating the effects of no planning.)

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is conducting an expedited review of the role of community-based mitigation strategies during an influenza pandemic. A workshop on this topic will be held on [deadline]
Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26, 2006 and will be open to the public. The meeting will be held at the PAHO Building, Room A, 525 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. This workshop is part of the information gathering process of the IOM committee reviewing this issue.

The committee will prepare a report based primarily on information from the workshop that will include conclusions and recommendations, based upon available evidence, regarding:

* Strengths and weaknesses of the models presented, and strategies to improve predictive ability and usefulness
* Conclusions that can be drawn from the historical record and available science, gaps in current knowledge, and approaches that would narrow these gaps
* Whether community-wide interventions have a role in reducing infection transmission and the community impact of implementing community containment strategies

Read their statement of task


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