Influenza Pandemic: A Case Study

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The 1918-1919 influenza pandemic was a historical event that has left an impact on healthcare. Influenza is a life threatening illness caused by influenza virus. It is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract cause serious infection and death around the globe, especially in winter months. There are three different types of influenza viruses, type A, B and C. Influenza A is responsible for influenza pandemic (Australian Government Department of Health, 2015). The 1918, Spanish influenza was a deadly pandemic, infected an estimated 500 million people globally and killed 50 to 100 million of them in three waves. Pandemic began in the United Sates in March 1918 in a crowded army camp in Fort Riley, Kansas. The second wave struck lethally…show more content…
Healthy people 2020 is a planned approach to improve the health of the U.S population over a period of ten years. The vision of healthy people 2020 includes, a society in which all people live long, healthy lives. Many epidemiological event such as pandemic influenza has an impact on the goals and objectives of healthy people 2020. Creating a healthy environment through inter-sectoral collaborations became an important innovation of healthy people 2020. This approach strengthened the focus on prevention rather than disease treatment. Furthermore, the concept of prevention also included preparedness against acute threats to health, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks (Fielding et al., 2013). The goal of global heath is to improve public health through global disease detection, response, prevention, and control strategies. Therefore, the U.S collaborates with other countries to address the public health issues as well as to prepare and respond to emerging and pandemic diseases (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2016). Another objectives of healthy people 2020 includes, immunization against infectious diseases. People in the U.S are susceptible to many infectious diseases that are vaccine preventable such as influenza. The new objective of healthy people 2020 focus on technological advancements and ensuring partnership from states, local public health departments and non-governmental organization to participate in the nation’s attempt to control the spread of infectious diseases (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
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