Pandemics and Preparations

Blaser, Martin J.
November 2006
Journal of Infectious Diseases;11/2/2006, Vol. 194, pS70
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the federal government's preparations of influenza pandemic. He argues that the experience of Hurricane Katrina's devastation in which failures in long-term preparations and in short-term coordination and communication led to catastrophic outcomes. He suggests that commitment from the highest levels of the government must be involved in addressing this issue. An overview of the federal resources that are mobilized to deal with the issues of pandemic influenza is offered.


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