Influenza A (H1N1) 2009: EU Health Security Committee agrees statements on school closures and travel advice. -- (EUROPA - Press Releases)
The European Union Health Security Committee and the Early Warning and Response authorities (HSC/EWRS) unanimously adopted for the first time two policy statements proposed by the European Commission on public health measures for pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009. The statements set out a coordinated European approach on what kind of school closures may be most appropriate to protect public health, and how to balance freedom of movement and public health protection for travellers with flu symptoms. The Commission proposed the statements for adoption by the HSC/EWRS as part of the broader strategic planning and preparedness for coordinated efforts in Europe on pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009. The two statements will provide a basis for implementing shared public health measures among Member States and the European Commission to ensure an efficient coordinated response at the EU level in the current pandemic situation. The statements may be revised taking into account developments in the situation.