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Pandemic Influenza

An influenza pandemic may occur when an influenza virus radically changes and can easily infect humans, and against which people have little or no immunity. Pandemics have been recorded every ten to forty years dating back to the 1600s, and likely long before then. There were three during the last century. In the 1918-19, the "Spanish flu", over 20 million people died worldwide. The last pandemic, the "Hong Kong flu", occurred in 1968.

British Columbia continually works with provincial, national and international partners to plan, prepare for and respond to a possible influenza pandemic. This website provides information and tips to help individuals, local governments, health sector organizations and businesses plan for an influenza pandemic. It also includes guidelines, response plans, public information materials, contacts and informational links.