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Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) have been used since the early years of public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a standard definition for NPI and what NPI strategies are contained within the definition. This paper seeks to discover if state pandemic influenza plans use the term NPI and its strategies, and if states’ use of NPI strategies in their state pandemic plans is consistent with the CDC definition. To determine how states were defining and using the term NPI and NPI strategies a survey of forty-eight (48) state plans was conducted using each respective states’ pandemic plan. The survey revealed that the majority of states do not conform to the CDC definition, and in fact five (5) states do not use the term NPI at all. Furthermore only four (4) of the states surveyed use the NPI definition and NPI strategies as defined by the CDC. I recommend that those states that do use the term NPI and the NPI strategies be a blue-print for other state plans.