Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

The Flu Pandemic and You: A Canadian Guide

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

The Flu Pandemic and You: A Canadian Guide

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The Flu Pandemic and You: A Canadian Guide Vincent Lam, MD, Colin Lee, MD, Toronto, ON: Doubleday Canada, 2006; 344 pp., CAD $14.95

The Flu Pandemic and You provides an excellent introduction to an important public issue. Written to educate all Canadians about current scientific knowledge and pandemic influenza control measures, this book will enable them to assess the validity of contemporary media reports. By using the history of previous twentieth century flu pandemics and their experience on the frontlines in Toronto hospitals during the SARS outbreak in 2003, the authors highlight the roles that individuals, health departments and the community played and will play in responding to a pandemic. Succinct chapter summaries and charts that highlight best practices will enable public health professionals to focus on sections of the book that are most relevant to their needs. Lay readers will benefit from the explanations of pandemic planning at the local, national and international levels and from the sensible recommendations for individual emergency preparations and home nursing techniques.

The authors also present the ethical challenges that society faces during a pandemic, and they stress the importance of discussing these issues prior to the crisis. Wisely, they ask Canadians to consider a fundamental public health dilemma: whose interests are paramount? …

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