In this ‘Social Science in Epidemics’ series, different aspects of past disease outbreaks are reviewed in order to identify social science ‘entry points’ for emergency interventions and preparedness activities.

This evidence will come together to determine tangible ways to better address the social, political and economic dynamics of epidemics; and to ensure that interventions build on the social and cultural resources of the communities they aim to support.

These reports (background report and evidence summary) explore lessons about the social dimensions of past and recent Influenza and SARS epidemics, highlighting recommendations for future responses.