Accession Number:

ADA501084

Title:

The Role of the Department of Defense During A Flu Pandemic

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

A flu pandemic is a worldwide epidemic of an influenza virus. As such, the United States response to a flu pandemic would have both international and domestic components. Additionally, the domestic response effort would include contributions from every governmental level local, state, tribal, and federal, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. This report will focus largely on the role of the Department of Defense DOD in supporting the nations domestic response effort, although it will also touch on DoDs international role. The Department of State would lead the federal governments international response efforts, while the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services would lead the federal governments domestic response. The Department of Defense would likely be called upon to support both the international and domestic efforts. An analysis of the tasks assigned by the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan indicates that DoDs role during a flu pandemic would center on the following objectives assisting in disease surveillance assisting partner nations, particularly through military-to-military assistance protecting and treating US forces and dependents and providing support to civil authorities in the United States With respect to providing support to civil authorities in the United States, the types of defense support which would likely be in greatest demand during a flu pandemic include providing disease surveillance and laboratory diagnostics transporting response teams, vaccines, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, pharmaceuticals and blood products treating patients evacuating the ill and injured processing and tracking patients providing base and installation support to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies controlling movement into and out of areas, or across borders, with affected populations supporting law enforcement.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE