Journal Article

Avian and Pandemic Influenza: A Biosocial Approach

Arthur M. Kleinman, Barry R. Bloom, Anthony Saich, Katherine A. Mason and Felicity Aulino

in The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 197, issue Supplement_1, pages S1-S3
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 0022-1899
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6613 | DOI:

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The Harvard University Asian Flus and Avian Influenza Workshop, held in December 2006, introduced a biosocial approach to the preparation for and control of pandemics. A biosocial approach brings together the biological and social sciences to develop an integrative, collaborative response to the threat of pandemic influenza. The articles in this supplement provide a representative sampling of some of the ways in which the workshop worked toward this biosocial vision. These articles address the historical “siting” of epidemics, political and structural pandemic preparedness in China, lessons to be taken from the 1976 “swine flu affair,” possibilities for genetic engineering as an alternative to poultry vaccination, issues to be considered in the control of infectious disease in swine and avian species, the ecology of influenza in migratory birds, and issues of stigma and trust during the control of epidemics. The need to build public trust and public health infrastructure is one of the primary messages of this collection.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology