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Administration To Hold H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit Next Week; Hopefully Public Issues/Questions To Get Airing

July 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

The Obama Administration will be holding a H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit on Thursday at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan will host the all-day parley to further prepare the nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu.

“Scientists and public health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 may well worsen in the fall – when the regular flu season hits, or even earlier, when schools start to open – which is only five or six weeks away in some cases,” Secretary Sebelius said. “The goal of the Summit is to launch a national influenza campaign by bringing federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, educators and others together with the nation’s public health experts to build on and tailor states’ existing pandemic plans, share lessons learned and best practices during the spring and summer H1N1 wave, and discuss preparedness priorities.”

I think getting everyone in the room and around the table is a great idea in advance of the Fall. I hope and expect that there will be a good deal of focus on some of the citizen-related issues and questions that we have been discussing on the blog, such as school closings, work place sick leave and other community mitigation policies and procedures.

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