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Pandemic Response

"Because of its unique nature, responsibility for preparedness and response to a pandemic extends across all levels of government and all segments of society.  No single entity alone can prevent or mitigate the impact of a pandemic."

-National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, November 2005


Oklahoma supports plans that coordinate responses with all partners to ensure people and organizations not accustomed to preparing are aware of, and understand, the actions and priorities of the state when responding to these potential risks.

EPRS provides templates to assist our partners in creating their own plans so they may also prepare for their response. Each County Health Department creates their specific plan in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This partnership allows for county-specific responses during a pandemic. 

The County Pandemic Influenza Plan summarizes the responsibilities of each county's 10 essential components to an influenza pandemic.

The nine components are:

  • Command, Control, and Management
  • Surveillance and Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Delivery of Vaccine
  • Acquisition and Delivery of Antiviral Medications
  • Health Systems and Emergency Response
  • Community Disease Control and Prevention
  • Infection Control
  • Clinical Guidelines
  • Risk Communication
  • Workforce Psychosocial Support

Just as each county has a template for the County Pandemic Influenza Plan set in place; each participating tribe also has designed a Pandemic Influenza Plan. Each tribe's plan may differ from tribe to tribe but the tribes have the same common goals and factors.

State & Local Government

  • State and Local Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 124KB) [En Español PDF - 493KB]


  • Law Enforcement Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

    (PDF - 467.82 KB)

  • Correctional Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

    (PDF - 1.39 MB)

  • Pandemic Preparedness Planning for US Businesses with Overseas Operations 

    (PDF - 3.03 MB)

  • Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 151KB) [En Español PDF - 276KB]
  • Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 

    (PDF - 148.45 KB)

  • Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 

    (PDF - 102.74 KB)

  • Travel Industry Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 

    (PDF - 128.99 KB)

 Individuals & Families

  • Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families (PDF - 121KB)
  • Family Emergency Health Information Sheet (PDF - 122KB)


  • Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 155KB)
  • School District (K-12) Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 151KB)
  • Colleges and Universities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 170KB)

Health Care

  • Home Health Care Services Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 201KB) [En Español PDF - 295KB]
  • Medical Offices and Clinics Checklist (PDF - 165KB)
  • Emergency Medical Service and Medical Transport Checklist (PDF - 225KB)
  • Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 

    (PDF - 2.03 MB)

  • Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 148KB)

Community Organizations

  • Faith-Based and Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist (PDF - 69KB)

Influenza pandemic is not common; in fact, there were only three pandemics in the 20th century. The last pandemic was in 1968. While, it is rare for a pandemic to arise, it is important to be prepared.

An influenza pandemic is a virus that is spread globally. Persons that come in contact with the virus will become severely ill and some may not survive before a vaccine is found. It may be months before a vaccine is available. Therefore, it is important to limit the spread of the virus. The influenza virus can be passed from an infected person when that person sneezes or coughs. It can also be passed when a person touches something that has the virus on it and then touches his/her mouth.

Educators need to be aware and educated about influenza, mainly because children have a high risk of being infected. �Also, schools are filled with a large number of children at close proximity which makes the spread of a seasonal or pandemic influenza very high.

Here are some measures to take to limit the spread of the flu:

Vaccination for students and staff Social distancing should be practiced at school, work, and in community School closing for weeks up to 3 months
Encourage hand washing and cough hygiene School closing for days up to weeks Social distancing should be practiced for extracurricular activities.
Persons with symptoms should be sent home and not return until well. Work with community flu-planning team to analyze and take additional measures.

For the latest information on pandemic influenza, visit

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Location:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 

Phone: (405) 271-0900
Fax: (405) 271-5143

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