What risks do Kansans face from an influenza pandemic?

If a new and severe strain of influenza were to begin spreading around the world, Kansas would not be spared from its impact. The severity of the next pandemic cannot be predicted, but modeling studies suggest that its effect in the United States would be severe. In the absence of any control measures (vaccinations or antivirals), it has been estimated that a medium-level pandemic in the U.S. could cause:

  • 89,000 to 207,000 deaths
  • 314,000 to 734,000 hospitalizations
  • 18 to 42 million outpatient visits to healthcare facilities
  • 20 to 47 million people becoming sick
  • An economic impact ranging between $71.3 billion and $166.5 billion

In Kansas, estimates of impact of pandemic influenza include:

  • 2,500 deaths
  • 5,000 hospitalizations
  • 500,000 outpatient visits
  • 1 million may become ill

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1. What is pandemic influenza?
2. How are pandemic, avian and seasonal flu different?
3. What´s the difference between seasonal and pandemic influenza?
4. When is the next flu pandemic expected?
5. What risks do Kansans face from an influenza pandemic?
6. Does a flu shot protect against pandemic flu?
7. Are there any other treatments for pandemic flu?
8. What should I be doing to protect my family and me?
9. How can Kansans prepare for pandemic influenza?