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Pandemic planning and response
A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, for example multiple continents or even worldwide.
Pandemics by their nature are unpredictable in terms of timing, severity and the population groups that are most affected. The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan establishes a framework for action that can readily be adopted and applied to any pandemic, irrespective of the nature of the virus and its severity.
The Ministry of Health is working with the health sector and other government agencies to ensure New Zealand is as prepared as possible for a potential pandemic.
In this section
- For planning purposes the different stages of the health response in an influenza pandemic have been grouped and defined with colour codes: Code White, Code Yellow, Code Red and Code Green. Read more
- You can be notified of pandemic influenza updates by sending an email to the addresses on this page. Read more
- Pandemic influenza plans, policies and other guidance for the health sector. Read more
- New Zealand's pandemic planning includes the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 and other amendment acts. Read more
- Information about avian influenza, what New Zealand is doing to prepare for a potential outbreak, and case definitions which are intended to standardise reporting. Read more
- There has always been a concern that SARS may be seasonal like influenza. The World Health Organization (WHO) has therefore continued to monitor the situation. New Zealand has followed WHO guidance and has prepared contingency plans for SARS re-emergence. Read more
Current alert status
Code White (What does this mean?)