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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

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

As H1N1 Vaccine Program Begins Public Roll-Out, Some Useful Articles And A Webinar

October 6th, 2009 · No Comments

With the start of H1N1 vaccine distribution yesterday, there were a number of useful articles (and one webinar) I thought I would post and excerpt:
* “Swine Flu Reaches An Anxious Nation” – (New York Times)
“The fear of swine flu is being compounded by new worries, this time among primary care doctors who say that they [...]

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Tags: Media · Pandemic Flu

“After the Storms, An Island of Calm — And Resilience”

September 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I wanted to post an op-ed piece from today’s New York Times by Eric Sanderson, “After The Storms, An Island Of Calm — And Resilience”:

In September 1609, the beach near the tip of the island was surrounded by thickly wooded hills. Passenger pigeons flew overhead; porpoises hunted in the harbor. Around 600 Native Americans lived [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Ideas

Important Role For Public (A.K.A. Home Computer User) In U.S. Cyber Security Effort?

July 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a New York Times op-ed today, “Defend America One Laptop At A Time,” Harvard Law Professor (and former director of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel)  Jack Goldsmith argues that the everyday  computer user can play a key part in the nation’s cyber security initiative. Cyber security is seen as an increasingly vital piece [...]

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Tags: Cyber Security · Preparedness Tips

Making Sure Good (Samaritan) Deeds Go Unpunished

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The New York Times published an editorial earlier in the month about a legal ruling on California’s “Good Samaritan” law that could have implications for citizens who assist their fellow citizens in an emergency situation. I thought it was worth mentioning the case and noting the Times’ position with which I agree. 
As the editorial explains:
“Good Samaritan” laws give [...]

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Tags: Legal Rulings