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“Social inequalities: a forgotten factor in influenza pandemic preparedness”

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

 Lecture by Svenn-Erik Mamelund. The talk will be from 3:30 to 5. His academic affiliation is Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University.

“Social inequalities: a forgotten factor in influenza pandemic preparedness”

Reducing social inequality in health is at the core of international health work, but does not form part of the discussion in international preparedness plans for pandemic influenza. This is surprising given that influenza pandemic mortality rates are highest among those with the lowest socioeconomic status. In his talk, Mamelund will 1) review the literature on socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and pandemic influenza outcomes, 2) discuss underlying causes of social inequalities and why these inequities are a forgotten factor in influenza pandemic preparedness, and 3) address how a more holistic preparedness that takes into account cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity may reduce social inequalities in pandemic outcomes and thus reduce the total burden on morbidity, hospitalizations and mortality during the next pandemic.