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Armed Forces: Influenza

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance the Defence Medical Services Department has issued to the armed forces overseas on preparing for an influenza pandemic; and if he will make a statement. (195353)

Guidance and information on infection control procedures for military establishments, both within the UK and overseas, is set down in the Defence Medical Services document “Pandemic Influenza: Infection Control Guidance for Military Settings”, issued in October 2006, and based on Health Protection Agency guidance. In the event that the World Health Organisation declares a pandemic alert, Defence Medical Services personnel on operational deployment will work with military commanders to apply the guidance in-theatre.

In addition, MOD has recently produced a “Pandemic Influenza Guide”, to enable defence personnel to make informed judgements on what to do should an influenza pandemic occur. Two leaflets have also been produced, summarising key aspects of the guidance; TLBs and Trading Funds will be arranging promulgation to their staff shortly.