Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza in NSW: an overview of the public health response.
ABSTRACT In April 2009, a new influenza A virus, pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, was identified in Mexico and the United States of America. The NSW response was co-ordinated by the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre through an incident control structure that included planning, operations and logistics teams with designated roles and responsibilities for the public health response. The emphasis of public health action changed as the pandemic moved through three response phases: DELAY, CONTAIN and PROTECT. This article describes the NSW public health response to the 2009 influenza pandemic from the perspective of the NSW Department of Health.