B3 - Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for contacts of confirmed human cases of avian influenza (H5N1) in the UK

Publication Date: 18 June 2006

This draft algorithm for WHO Pandemic Alert Phase 3 provides a cascade for contact tracing, assessment and post-exposure prophylaxis by the local Health Protection Team.

The Health Protection Team at the local NHS board MUST be notified immediately by the physician attending the index case.

The local Health Protection Team MUST be involved in the assessment of contacts for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in community and hospital cases (liaison with infection control doctors as appropriate to setting). 

The local Health Protection Team will discuss with the Consultant Epidemiologist at Health Protection Scotland before initiating PEP.

This algorithm has been adapted, with permission, from the Health Protection Agency.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guidance Algorithm