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Public Health Preparedness Webinar: “Pandemic Flu Planning”
May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This is a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness Option, webinar.
One of the biggest threats to the operations of the government and to the public is the occurrence of a pandemic influenza. Despite continuous research and the availability of vaccinations, influenza continues to be a very taboo topic, and so often, influenza planning is pushed to the side. The constant change in the environment and the re-emergence of pathogens have greatly affected the way we look at infectious diseases such as influenza. Additionally, the prevalence of the anti-vaxxer movement has made it difficult to contain and prevent infectious diseases that have been eradicated a long time ago. So how does the government prepare for this type of scenario? How does the government continue to work if half of its employees are unable to or the spread of an infectious diseases is too fast?
Before the talk, participants should review this CDC information at background material.
Presenter is Aggie Serrame, who is currently employed at the National Institutes of Health as an Emergency Management Specialist. Serrame is responsible for creating emergency plans and policies for the entire agency. Her main work at NIH is Pandemic Influenza Planning and leading the Agency’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) program. She received her BA in political science from Elizabethtown College; her first master’s degree in Homeland Security (Public Health Preparedness concentration) from Penn State; and her MS in biohazardous threat agents and emerging infectious diseases from Georgetown University.