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Channel Island health experts and emergency services learn how to deal with 'flu pandemic

Pandemic flu is the worldwide spread of a new 'flu virus for which there is no immediate vaccine available. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images

Health experts, emergency planners and the emergency services across the Channel Islands have been learning how to deal with a 'flu pandemic.

Experts from the UK have been over to test the updated joint Channel Islands Pandemic Flu Strategic Plan.

Pandemic 'flu is the worldwide spread of a new 'flu virus for which there is no immediate vaccine available.

The aim of these particular exercises is to identify what needs to be done differently should an emergency arise in the future, as well as looking into how Jersey and Guernsey could work together.

A pandemic is unpredictable in its nature and these table top exercises will enable us to work with our health care and emergency colleagues to update our plans and apply any lessons learnt to our Strategic Plan.

– Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health