Scientists and policymakers have expressed concerns that the U.S. may soon face a pandemic in which neither vaccines nor sufficient antivirals will be available to protect the public. Some have argued that nonpharmaceutical community containment strategies may help in the absence of sufficient medical interventions. There has been some research - historical and modeling - examining the possible utility of these strategies. This report assesses the possible utility of these strategies and formulates conclusions and recommendations for policymakers. While the report's primary and intended purpose is to advise policymakers, the report will be useful in educating other stakeholders about pandemic influenza, including current state-of-affairs, state of science, and ongoing considerations for confronting the disease.
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