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Pandemic Influenza Ethics Task Force

The Pandemic Influenza Ethics Task Force was formed in November 2008 to review plans and preparations, discuss ethical issues and make recommendations on major topics. The task force developed and released a report: SC Prepares for Pandemic Influenza: An Ethical Perspective (pdf).

The task force was convened to:

  • Review plans and preparedness measures
  • Identify major ethical issues
  • Discuss ethical issues and principles
  • Gather broad public input
  • Prepare recommendations for guidelines
  • Consider legislative aspects

Ethical Issues in Pandemic Influenza Planning and Response

In July 2008, a national summit on “Confronting the Ethics of Pandemic Influenza Planning” was held in Indianapolis. The summit was hosted by the University of Indiana Center for Bioethics as a national call for action to enhance dialogue and partnering, improve education and training, and address policy issues.

Among the ethical issues identified were:

  • Engaging communities in planning and response
  • Allocation of scarce resources
  • Altered standards and places of care
  • Rights and duties of health care workers
  • Disparities in access to care
  • Palliative care
  • Needs of at-risk populations
  • Appropriate community mitigation strategies
  • Respecting cultural and religious practices in the face of mass fatalities

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Resources

South Carolina Pandemic Influenza Reports, Plans, and Procedures:

South Carolina Emergency Response Plans

Learner, R. M. & Beasley, P.  (2006). South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza – An Assessment of Readiness and Plan for Improvement (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Learner, R. M. & Beasley, P.  (2007). South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Progress Report, 2007 (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Learner, R. M. & Beasley, P.  (2008). South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Progress Report, 2008 (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Learner, R. M., Beasley, P., & Drociuk D.  (2009). South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Progress Report, 2009 (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Learner, R. M., Beasley, P., & Drociuk D.  (2010).  South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Progress Report, 2010 (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Learner, R. M., Beasley, P., & Drociuk D.  (2011).  South Carolina Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Progress Report, 2011 (pdf). Columbia, SC: Department of Health and Environmental Control.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. (2013). Strategic National Stockpile Emergency Operations Plan (pdf), Annex 1, Appendix 5, SC Mass Casualty Plan

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. (2008). Pandemic influenza  Annex 2, Mass Casualty Plan (pdf). Columbia, SC: State Emergency Management Division.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. (2008). Pandemic Influenza antiviral distribution plan: Standard operating procedures. Antiviral Distribution Plan (pdf) Columbia, SC:  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. (2008). Community Mitigation Plan Narrative (pdf) . Columbia, SC:  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. (2006). Immunization pandemic influenza mass vaccination policies and procedures (pdf). Columbia, SC:  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

State Emergency Management Division. (2008). South Carolina Recovery Plan: Appendix, 6, South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan. Columbia, SC:  State Emergency Management Division

Bibliography of Ethical Guidelines, State Plans and Resource Materials (pdf)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Influenza Website

World Health Organization, Ethical considerations in developing a public health response to pandemic influenza

Ethical guidelines in Pandemic Influenza (pdf) – Recommendations of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Organizations that have endorsed this work are:

  • Doctor's Care
  • S.C. Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC)
  • S.C. Board of Medical Examiners
  • S.C. Board of Pharmacy
  • S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • S.C. Hospital Association (SCHA)
  • S.C. Medical Association (SCMA)
  • S.C. Nurses Association
  • S.C. Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

For additional information, contact:  (803) 898-3708