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Reviews and Lessons Learned from H1N1 and SARS

Canada’s experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the H1N1 influenza pandemic demonstrates the need to be prepared for widespread disease outbreaks. Reviews of these outbreaks and the response to them have provided valuable lessons that enables Canada and the rest of the world to better prepare for the future.

During Canada’s H1N1 pandemic (2009) and SARS outbreak (2003), RNs cared for patients and were involved in the community, educating and coordinating the response. RNs also managed outbreaks in long-term care homes, hospitals, schools and daycares; staffed influenza assessment centres; and were essential in the mass immunization clinics and on the telephone information lines.

The following resources were prepared by various government and non-government organizations. They reflect the lessons learned from Canada’s H1N1 and SARS response in order to improve our emergency preparedness and response practice.

H1N1 and SARS resources

CNA briefs and presentations

Federal resources

Other resources


CNA briefs and presentations

Public Health Agency of Canada

World Health Organization