Pandemic Readiness is All Local

February 2, 2006
by Anita Manning
USA Today

Your chance of surviving a flu pandemic could depend on where you happen to live. The USA has a federal pandemic plan. But in an emergency, it will be the local response that matters the most, says Jeffrey Levi, senior policy adviser at the Trust for America's Health, who spoke here Wednesday at a meeting of flu experts. "The basic day-to-day, where the rubber hits the road for pandemic preparedness is being left to state and local governments," he says.

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