Ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning
A number of challenging ethical issues are raised by a potential influenza pandemic. Ethical concerns associated with the planning, preparedness and responses to future pandemics are important to consider, ensuring that response efforts are not hindered in the event of a pandemic.
- priority of access to healthcare resources with increased demand and possible shortages;
- obligations of healthcare workers in light of risks to their own health;and
- the fine balance between reducing disease spread through isolation and travel measures whilst protecting the right of individuals to freedom of movement.