An influenza pandemic occurs when a highly infectious new strain emerges that humans have no immunity to. Normal emergency assistance is hampered by the need to limit exposure to infection. During these outbreaks vulnerable residents should limit exposure by stocking up on necessary items such as medication, food and water.
During a pandemic, the virus spreads rapidly around the world causing high rates of illness and death.
Mount Alexander Shire Council, as part of its emergency management planning, has developed an Influenza and Pandemic Plan to assist in dealing with a pandemic influenza emergency.