The ability of seasonal and pandemic influenza to disrupt military operations

Shanks, Dennis, and Hodge, Jon (2011) The ability of seasonal and pandemic influenza to disrupt military operations. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 19 (4). pp. 13-18.

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Abstract

Influenza is one of the few infectious diseases that is able to disrupt military operations quickly. Although the extreme mortality rates seen during the pandemic of 1918-19 when tens of thousands of soldiers died has never been repeated (for as yet unclear reasons), illness rates alone make influenza of great military importance. Seasonal influenza infection rates from 2-30% of a partially immunized force can still limit military activity and challenge the ability of medical facilities to cope with a sudden number of sick soldiers. Although social distancing and antiviral medications may have some role, in military practice the main preventive measure against seasonal and pandemic influenza is annual immunization with a current vaccine chosen to match the viruses then circulating.

Item ID: 21066
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: influenza, mortality, military, pandemic, seasonal
ISSN: 1835-1271
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2012 01:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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