Since the beginning of the H1N1 pandemic, a large volume of pandemic H1N1 literature has been produced at an unprecedented rate. In order to provide timely pH1N1 information to frontline public health practitioners during the pandemic, NCCID began to summarize and make new pH1N1 research findings accessible in its weekly newsletter, the Purple Paper. While the Purple Paper fulfilled some of the urgent information needs at the time, coherent reporting and assessment of these new research findings might not have been possible. NCCID has therefore embarked on a series of pH1N1 Evidence Reviews to:

  • Critically assess and consolidate pH1N1 research findings from published literature
  • Contextualize new pH1N1 research findings for the Canadian setting
  • Review, compare and contrast response efforts and policies implemented in Canada and other countries (e.g. the USA, Mexico, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand).

Evidence Reviews

One Health

The H1N1 influenza pandemic has produced a large volume of literature reporting new observations and findings related to the public health response. NCCID undertook a series of evidence reviews to critically assess, consolidate and contextualize these new research findings in both human and animal health for the Canadian setting. As part of this work, NCCID is exploring prevention and mitigation strategies for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 in the animal health arena, with a focus on zoonosis and application to human public health. In addition to the more conventional literature review approach to gathering evidence, NCCID is also committed to documenting experiences and lessons learned from frontline public health practitioners during the H1N1 pandemic. To this end, NCCID invited animal and human health experts to an introductory workshop in Winnipeg on April 20, 2011 to address challenges related to implementation of surveillance and primary prevention programs during the pandemic, with particular attention to swine operations, and to discuss the way forward in the preparedness for future influenza epidemics/pandemics. These proceedings summarize the outputs from that workshop.

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