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New Report Says Most Americans Approve Of Govt. Flu Pandemic Handling, But Many Say They (& Their Kids) Might Not Get H1N1 Vaccine In Future

May 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

A new report released today says that a majority of Americans have a positive impression of the U.S. government’s response to the H1N1 pandemic, but many citizens would not get a vaccine in the future either because they may believe that the illness does not pose a serious health threat or over concern about its [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Reports · Public Opinion

Two Interesting Webinar Takeaways: CDC Believes Its Mobile Phone Texting Helps Bridge Not Broaden ‘Digital Divide’ On Public Health, Philly OEM ‘Following’ Hundreds Of Citizen Twitterers To Foster Two-Way Communication In Emergencies

November 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I wanted to highlight two points I heard during a terrific recent webinar, “Social Media and Technology Breakthroughs: H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Communication”:  one about the Centers For Disease Control’s (CDC) view that mobile phones have an increasingly valuable role in public health communications and another about Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management’s expanded use of Twitter.
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Tags: City Preparedness · Preparedness 2.0

“Stop, Wash and Go” — CDC Launches Campaign To Encourage ‘Healthy Travels’ For The Holidays During H1N1 Outbreak

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Using themes including “Stop, Wash and Go” and “Prevention can be Travel-Sized,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched a public awareness campaign about staying healthy while traveling on the holidays during the H1N1 outbreak.

According to campaign press release:
 “The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu

One Of The (Few) Perks Of Leukemia…I Just Got My H1N1 Vaccination

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

There are few positives about contracting Leukemia, but I got one perk  – a H1N1 vaccine. Because of my illness,  I am a member of the ‘underlying condition’ priority group, and therefore just received the vaccination shot.
Around the nation, authorities are now distributing the limited supplies to priority groups. Here in New York, the low [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness 2.0

Citizen “Flu Fighters” Being Recruited By City; Volunteers Requested To Help Staff H1N1 Vaccination Centers & Promote Vaccine Info Among Friends, Kids’ Schools, Community

November 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yesterday, as I was searching the website of New York City Department of Health to find a vaccination center location near me to get a H1N1 vaccine I came upon a new citizen volunteer initiative just launched by the City, “Flu Fighters,” as part of its NYC Service program.
According to the “Flu Fighters”/NYC Service web [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Volunteer Opportunities

As Concerns Rise About Sick Workers Spreading H1N1 Flu, Officials May Want To Use Bully Pulpit To Encourage ‘Flexible Leave’ Policies In Workplaces

November 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

As has been discussed on the blog a couple of times this summer, the H1N1 pandemic contingency plans for workplaces, particularly small businesses, continue to be a significant issue. Unlike schools, there is no central managerial authority to make and implement policies; guidelines have to be created and implemented on a firm by firm basis. It will [...]

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Tags: Business Preparedness · Pandemic Flu · President Obama

Using The ‘Shared Responsibility’ Approach For Convincing Americans To Get The H1N1 Vaccine

November 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a post on his blog, David Shenk makes the point that “vaccines have become something of a civic responsibility: they work best when everyone takes them.”
Media reports have continued to highlight the skepticism of many Americans about the H1N1 vaccine. More than half of Utah residents surveyed in a KSL-TV/Deseret News poll said they were planning [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · School Preparedness

White House Blog Advises Against Post-Game Handshakes, Recommends Pre-Game Handwashing For Kids Sports Teams As Part of H1N1 Flu Prevention Effort

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The White House Blog is recommending that kids sports teams have their players wash their hands before games and do not shake hands afterwards to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu.
In a post titled, ” Flu Prevention Tips on the Fields,” Katie Stanton, “Director of Citizen Participation and a Soccer Mom,” writes:
“If your [...]

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Tags: Child Preparedness · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Tips

At NYC H1N1 Vaccine Kickoff, Health Commissioner, School Chancellor & Media Help Students Get Through Shots/Spray; Officials Aim To Get Parental Permissions Up

October 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Like most kids, I never liked getting shots when I was younger. Yesterday morning, I was recalling those days and thinking whether it would have been easier had they been given with the Health Commissioner, the School Chancellor and a room full of television cameras in the room.
That’s exactly how students at P.S. 157 in [...]

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Tags: Media · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Events

New Video With WMD Commission’s Graham & Talent Asks ‘Why Weren’t H1N1 Vaccines Available For Children Before School Started?’; Urges Public To Push On Improving U.S. Vaccination Capability

October 28th, 2009 · No Comments

In a new video, Bob Graham and Jim Talent of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, ask: “Why weren’t H1N1 vaccines available for children before school started?” and urge the public to pressure government officials to improve the speed and capacity of U.S. vaccine production.
The two-minute video (below) [...]

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Tags: Biological Terrorism · Pandemic Flu