Issue: 2005 > October > editorial

Preparing for the next influenza pandemic

Ph.J. van Dalen, C. Wijdenes


The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is determined to be as well prepared as possible for an influenza pandemic, if one should occur. Various measures based on the use of vaccines, antiviral agents and guidelines are being implemented or prepared. The aim is to maintain social and economic infrastructure as much as possible during a pandemic outbreak of influenza. In this context, the ministry is drawing on advice provided by the Health Council in two separate reports.