County Completes Pandemic Flu Plan

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Sept. 18, 2006

Fairfax County Completes Pandemic Flu Plan

Fairfax County has completed its Pandemic Influenza Response Plan. The plan will supplement the county’s emergency operations plan, and remain flexible as information is added or changed. Copies of the county’s pandemic flu plan may be found online at

Fairfax County embarked on its pandemic influenza planning efforts in the fall of 2005, using a two-pronged approach. The first approach addressed the specific activities that must be undertaken by the Fairfax County Health Department and the public health community in preparation for and response to a pandemic. The second addressed the activities that must be undertaken by Fairfax County agencies to identify and maintain critical government and public services during a pandemic.

The plan encompasses a detailed summary of Fairfax County’s public health response, as well as its plans for the continuation of critical government services during a pandemic. It describes a coordinated local strategy to prepare for, and respond to influenza pandemic and supplements Fairfax County’s Emergency Operations Plan, as well as state and federal pandemic influenza response plans. The Fairfax County Influenza Response Plan is intended to be a synthesized guide for responding agencies, an overview to provide information to the public on the county’s preparedness, and a tool to assist the public in their own planning and preparedness.

The county’s coordinated effort involved numerous county agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, the towns of Herndon and Vienna, partner organizations, including Inova Health System of Northern Virginia, Reston Hospital, Medical Society of Northern Virginia, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Northern Virginia Community College, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and the American Red Cross, as well as a variety of private sector groups. The county’s planning initiatives were undertaken in concert with the emergency planning efforts of the Virginia Department of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.

Pandemic flu is a virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to


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