Following recent avian and swine influenza outbreaks, preparedness against pandemic influenza on national and international scales is of vital importance. With a strong emphasis on practicality, this book covers areas such as influenza epidemiology, virology and immulogy, vaccilogy, pharmaceutical and public health countermeasures, policy issues, biomathematical modelling, ethics and many more. This is an essential text for students in virology, epidemiology, infectious diseases, public health and medical sciences, and for all those involved in pandemic preparedness.
Jonathan Van-Tam, MBE BMedSci (Hons) BMBS DM FFPH FRSPH, is Professor of Health Protection at the University of Nottingham. He graduated in medicine in 1987 and after several years of clinical work, completed academic training in epidemiology and public health, with a special interest in influenza that now spans almost 20 years. He brings a wealth of experience to this book including formative training in influenza under the mentorship of Professor Karl Nicholson, and private sector experience with two major pharmaceutical companies (both manufacturers of neuraminidase inhibitors) and a large European vaccines company. He returned to the public sector in 2007 and was Head of the Health Protection Agency, Pandemic Influenza Office during the most frenetic period of UK preparedness activity from 2004 to 2007. He has served as both Temporary Adviser and Short Term Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding pandemic preparedness on numerous occasions, and has also undertaken related scientific work for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). He is a serving member of the UK national Scientific Pandemic Influenza Committee (SPI), its Clinical Countermeasures Sub-Group and a member of the newly formed UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).