Swine flu summit: Govt checks on state readiness

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The Obama administration put the states on notice Thursday: Swine flu
promises to create a mess this fall. Are you ready?
Swine flu may have faded from the headlines but it's still sickening
people here and abroad and is certain to worsen when influenza-
friendly fall temperatures arrive. The federal government called
together health and education officials from every state to check
their preparations for the likely prospect of vaccinations and
determine how they'll handle flu-riddled schools.
"I want to be clear: This summit is not about raising alarms or
stoking fears. It is about being prepared," Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. "We must avoid complacency."
The government estimates that 1 million Americans so far have been
infected with the never-before-seen virus known formally by its
scientific family name, H1N1.
No longer do many public health experts warn of the new virus'
"return" in the fall. Summer's heat and humidity usually chase away
influenza, but the swine flu has never left. Children are spreading it
in summer camps, and U.S. deaths have reached 170.
It has spread worldwide, and is causing larger problems in parts of
the Southern Hemisphere, where it's currently flu season.
In the U.S., even if the virus doesn't mutate to become more
dangerous, greater spread is considered inevitable as students return
to crowded classrooms and temperatures drop — and regular winter flu
makes its own return.
"This fall, it's daunting, all that will be required," said Paul
Jarris, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial
Health Officials.
At the top of his worry list is finding enough workers for two
vaccination campaigns.
The 100 million-plus doses of regular winter flu vaccine are set for
the usual October inoculation start. But those shots won't protect
against swine flu.
Within a few weeks, manufacturers will deliver test doses of a swine
flu vaccine for a study to see if they're safe and seem to work. If
so, the Obama administration will quickly decide whether to press
forward with a second swine-flu vaccine campaign — and determine who
would be first in line.
Looking back at school closings that disrupted the spring, communities
also are struggling to determine when such a drastic step — one that
has the chain reaction of parents missing work — is necessary.
A key theme to Thursday's summit: Consider now how your family would
handle a disruption even bigger than what happened last spring when
the outbreak began. To spur those discussions, HHS will host a contest
— at http://www.flu.gov — for the best anti-flu video to turn into a
national public service announcement.

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Dirk Bruere at NeoPax

lingjingyoumeng said:
The Obama administration put the states on notice Thursday: Swine flu
promises to create a mess this fall. Are you ready?
Swine flu may have faded from the headlines but it's still sickening
people here and abroad and is certain to worsen when influenza-
friendly fall temperatures arrive. The federal government called
together health and education officials from every state to check
their preparations for the likely prospect of vaccinations and
determine how they'll handle flu-riddled schools.
"I want to be clear: This summit is not about raising alarms or
stoking fears. It is about being prepared," Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. "We must avoid complacency."
The government estimates that 1 million Americans so far have been
infected with the never-before-seen virus known formally by its
scientific family name, H1N1.
No longer do many public health experts warn of the new virus'
"return" in the fall. Summer's heat and humidity usually chase away
influenza, but the swine flu has never left. Children are spreading it
in summer camps, and U.S. deaths have reached 170.
It has spread worldwide, and is causing larger problems in parts of
the Southern Hemisphere, where it's currently flu season.
In the U.S., even if the virus doesn't mutate to become more
dangerous, greater spread is considered inevitable as students return
to crowded classrooms and temperatures drop — and regular winter flu
makes its own return.
"This fall, it's daunting, all that will be required," said Paul
Jarris, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial
Health Officials.
At the top of his worry list is finding enough workers for two
vaccination campaigns.
The 100 million-plus doses of regular winter flu vaccine are set for
the usual October inoculation start. But those shots won't protect
against swine flu.
Within a few weeks, manufacturers will deliver test doses of a swine
flu vaccine for a study to see if they're safe and seem to work. If
so, the Obama administration will quickly decide whether to press
forward with a second swine-flu vaccine campaign — and determine who
would be first in line.
Looking back at school closings that disrupted the spring, communities
also are struggling to determine when such a drastic step — one that
has the chain reaction of parents missing work — is necessary.
A key theme to Thursday's summit: Consider now how your family would
handle a disruption even bigger than what happened last spring when
the outbreak began. To spur those discussions, HHS will host a contest
— at http://www.flu.gov — for the best anti-flu video to turn into a
national public service announcement.

http://www.51orders.com/

Tens of thousands of people die every year in the USA from ordinary flu.
Swine flu, given its present stats, does not seem any worse.

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Dirk Bruere at NeoPax said:
lingjingyoumeng wrote:
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Tens of thousands of people die every year in the USA from ordinary flu.
Swine flu, given its present stats, does not seem any worse.

Please don't feed the spamming trolls.

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