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This one-page matrix provides an example of a sector-specific guidance for response to a flu pandemic in Boston. In this sample, education, child care, and after school providers are advised about different actions to take depending on the severity of the outbreak.
The sector-specific guidance was part of a city-wide integrated response plan that was designed to help coordinate the many elements of the fall/winter flu season. Sector-specific grids provided flu prevention and mitigation guidance. The plan was organized by severity level to help sector partners modulate their response activities accordingly:
The basic assumption of Boston's plan was that a pandemic response demanded a community response, not just a public health response. Using that assumption, city health officials developed these guidance grids as a framework of response activities for ten community sectors:
This tool was submitted as part of an H1N1 Story from the Field. The story can be found at this link: http://www.naccho.org/topics/H1N1/h1n1story.cfm?story_id=325