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Community flu : software to estimate the impact of an influenza pandemic on a simulated community with and without interventions

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    CommunityFlu 1.0 User Manual, Current Edition: August 10, 2009

    CommunityFlu software was developed to help state and local health authorities plan for pandemic influenza outbreaks. This program randomly generates a sample population of a thousand households. The purpose of the program is to use the model population to estimate the potential impact of the next influenza pandemic on a particular community for a baseline situation, in which no pandemic interventions are introduced, or after the user has selected one or more potential interventions. The program also allows the user to take the results from the simulations (with and without interventions) and calculate the economic impacts in terms of days lost from work.

    CommunityFlu uses Microsoft Excel Macro* programming functions. The software requires the input of several key data sources, such as population statistics, influenza transmission rates, influenza probabilities for latent and infectious periods, and specific community-related data that pertains to the number and duration of contacts. It also requires the user to input the initial number of people that become infectious.

    Suggested citation: Atkins C, Meltzer MI, Haber MJ, for the Community Flu Development Team. Community Flu 1.0: a manual to assist state and local public health officials in estimating the impact of an influenza pandemic on workdays loss when an intervention is and is not present (Beta test version). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Atlanta, GA, 2009.


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