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Sep 18, 2009

Sep 18, 2009

New efforts help businesses prepare for next H1N1 wave

(CIDRAP News) – With the health of small businesses at stake in fragile economic times, federal officials and one of the nation's top business groups pushed new efforts this week to help companies prepare for the next wave of the H1N1 pandemic influenza.

Sep 10, 2009

Sep 03, 2009

Sep 03, 2009

IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today affirmed existing federal guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 influenza patients should wear fit-tested N95 respirators, not just surgical masks, to protect them from the virus.

Aug 28, 2009

Aug 28, 2009

We're Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.

Aug 13, 2009

Aug 13, 2009

Predicting disease severity based on history is pure puffery: So what's a responsible planner to do?

It's my job to stay current--even anticipate—--what the world of pandemic influenza will look like over the next months. But you will never hear me predict severity. Never. You deserve better than that! The severity of past pandemics predicts nothing about the current pandemic. Worse, it distracts our attention from what we must do right now.

Jul 23, 2009

Jul 23, 2009

Attention: Battlefield mentality required to get through the upcoming influenza season

I bet most of you never thought that your workplace would demand the tools of the military battlefield, including the concept of anticipated casualties, to prepare for an inevitable microbial attack. Well, I'm convinced you will.

Jul 09, 2009

Jul 09, 2009

The early innings of the novel H1N1 pandemic: Keep your eye on the ball

It's summertime in America, Major League Baseball is about to celebrate its annual All-Star Game—and we are experiencing influenza activity throughout the world, including right here in North America. In my lifetime, a lineup featuring influenza and summer in this country is simply unprecedented, though hardly unexpected.

Jun 22, 2009

Jun 22, 2009

Congress approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response

(CIDRAP News) – Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates, Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed.

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