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Pandemic Flu

The ability to respond quickly and effectively to public health issues is a key priority in a modern country, and it is important that young people know how they can contribute.

In the past, pandemic flu outbreaks have had a considerable global impact with far-reaching social and economic consequences. The ability to prepare for such events is essential to limit their impact and create a resilient community.

Contexts for learning

Investigating pandemic flu provides a context for learning and teaching about aspects of risk, safety, preparation, community involvement and personal responsibility.

Learning about flu and its impact on people and the economy has strong curriculum links to science, modern studies and business studies.

Skills of effective communication, collaboration and problem solving are also embedded into the learning opportunities that aim to help students understand what is required to be ready for a pandemic flu emergency.

PDF file: Copy of Curriculum links - Pandemic flu (374 KB)

Opportunities for partnership working

The context of preparing and developing resilience to pandemic flu provides many opportunities for learners to work with a range of partners. The local NHS Trust will often be the first contact point and can provide support in identifying visiting speakers and access to other groups.


Pandemic flu - Learning journey

This learning journey explores appropriate personal hygiene measures that should be taken when dealing with a flu outbreak. There is also a learner challenge that focuses on designing a website to provide the public with information they might need in the case of a pandemic flu outbreak.

Swine flu - Learning journey

This learning journey looks at the impact of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. It is accompanied by a learner challenge that focuses on responding to an outbreak of pandemic flu.

Useful links

You might find the following links useful when studying pandemic flu in the context of emergency planning and resilience education.

TED Talks - How pandemics spread: In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future outbreaks.
Germs. Wash your hands of them - children's pack: The Scottish Government's National Hand Hygiene Campaign has produced a resource pack to help practitioners encourage children to make hand washing part of their everyday routine.
Wellcome Trust - Big Picture magazine: Influenza special issue: This special issue magazine looks at the nature of influenza, drugs and vaccines that can fight it, and the H1N1 pandemic.

NHS - Flu: Information about flu, a highly infectious and very common viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes.

NHS Information: Outline of the steps necessary for good personal health and hygiene.
BBC News - Swine flu: Country by country: An interactive map charting worldwide cases of swine flu from April 2009 to January 2010.
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: The ECDC was established in 2005. It is an EU agency that aims to strengthen Europe's defences against infectious diseases. It is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
NHS 24: Provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self-care advice for people in Scotland.