On April 21, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated pre-pandemic planning
guidelines entitled Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – United States, 2017.
Like the 2007 interim guidance, the 2017 Community Mitigation Guidelines serve as a planning tool for state and local public health departments and their community partners, and recommend using NPIs in community settings from the earliest stages of a pandemic in a layered or phased approach. New elements added in the 2017 guidelines include:
- Lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response to help inform future pre-pandemic influenza planning;
- The Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF), which replaces the Pandemic Severity Index;
- A clear delineation of NPIs into two categories – NPIs recommended at all times and NPIs reserved for pandemics;
- Pre-pandemic planning scenarios historically referenced to past influenza pandemics and aligned with the PSAF to help contextualize the NPI recommendations; and
- The latest scientific findings on the potential effectiveness of NPIs since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response.
To also help operationalize the 2017 guidelines, CDC produced planning guides for different community audiences, including faith-based organizations who serve vulnerable populations. Download their planning guide for community- and faith-based organizations serving vulnerable populations now to see how it provides straightforward guidance about the use of NPIs and offers pandemic influenza resources and tools.
To access in one location the updated guidelines, planning guides, and additional NPI communication, education, and training materials, please visit www.cdc.gov/npi.
*Information provided by Community Interventions for Infection Control Unit (CI-ICU), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)