News & Perspective

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a toolkit to help community leaders educate their constituents about steps they can take to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

HHS issues guide for using call centers in emergencies

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a guide to help communities retool their health-related call centers into systems for meeting the needs of the public in homes or shelters during emergencies such as a pandemic or bioterrorist attack.

Oct 24, 2007

Oct 24, 2007

Pandemic vaccine proposal favors health workers, children

(CIDRAP News) – A federal interagency working group yesterday released a draft report detailing how the government would allocate limited vaccine supplies if a severe influenza pandemic grips the United States, offering a tiered approach that flags key health and public safety personnel and children as top priorities.

Aug 30, 2007

Aug 30, 2007

HHS allots $75 million to states for pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a one-time allocation of $75 million in grants to help states, territories, and four metropolitan areas prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Jul 19, 2007

Jul 19, 2007

HHS updates pandemic stockpile totals and planning efforts

(CIDRAP News) – In an update on the nation's pandemic preparedness efforts, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday said it had stockpiled enough H5N1 avian influenza vaccine to protect about 6 million people and that federal and state supplies contain enough antiviral medication to treat more than 48 million.

Jul 17, 2007

Jul 17, 2007

White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The White House Homeland Security Council today released a 1-year update on the federal government's pandemic influenza preparedness strategy, reporting that it has met 86% of the objectives it set for itself a year ago.

Jul 06, 2007

Jul 06, 2007

US poll shows waning concern about avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Only 27% of Americans describe themselves as concerned about avian influenza, down from 35% last year, according to a national survey released this week.

In an Associated Press–Ipsos Public Affairs poll released on Jul 2, 41% of respondents said they were not concerned about avian flu, an increase from 31% last year. Another 34%—the same as last year—said they were moderately concerned.

May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007

OSHA releases pandemic flu guidance for healthcare workers

(CIDRAP News) – Experts predict that an influenza pandemic will place a long and heavy burden on the medical community, which prompted the US Department of Labor (DOL) to develop guidance for healthcare worker safety that it released today at a press conference.

Feb 08, 2007

Feb 08, 2007

New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor (DOL) has introduced workplace health guidelines to help businesses understand their pandemic influenza risks and what they need to do to prepare.

Feb 07, 2007

Feb 07, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Businesses must overcome 'fog' of pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – As businesses develop pandemic preparedness plans, they need to cut through a "fog" of uncertainty about exactly what pandemic influenza will look like and how their companies will be able to respond to it, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said at a summit in Orlando Monday.

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