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PA Has a Flu Plan -- But It's Top Secret

May 19, 2005
by Marian Uhlman
Philadelphia Inquirer

In New Jersey, the plan to combat a deadly flu pandemic is available over the Internet.In Pennsylvania, it is closely guarded. Fewer than 25 copies have been distributed... ...Shelley Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, said state plans often lack detail. For example, she said, plans often call for a count of potential hospital beds. Such numbers need to be in the plans. By contrast, she said, Britain has identified priority groups for antivirals and vaccines. "We need to be having that debate today, not when we are inches away from a biological outbreak," Hearne said.

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