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Currently, a pandemic flu outbreak is considered to be one of
the greatest threats to the UK.
Central government is working very hard to try to help local
authorities and emergency services prepare for the outbreak
which is expected at any time.
A pandemic is likely to occur in two waves, about three to nine
months apart. Each wave could last around 12 weeks. A quarter of
the population could be affected at some point during these 12
weeks. A high number of cases and consultations (greater than 500
GP consultations per 100,000 population per week at peak) could
overwhelm the health and other services.
All parts of Medway Council are working closely with the Health
Protection Agency, National Health Service (NHS Medway, the Primary
Care Trust), South East Coast Ambulance Service and other members
of the Kent Resilience Forum.
Medway Council sits on the NHS Medway Pandemic Group and the
Kent Contingency Pandemic Group. Medway Council has also developed
its own pandemic flu plan and continues to train its managers on
the likely impact that such an outbreak will have on the council