Have We Learned Our Lessons About Pandemics

February 21, 2006
by Anita Manning
USA Today

If a serious flu pandemic occurs, where you live and how well your community has prepared could mean the difference between life and death... ..."When a pandemic strikes, the entire country will be only as strong as the weakest link in the chain," says Jeff Levi, director of Trust for America's Health, a health advocacy group. "We hear from (Health and Human Services) that it's all going to have to be worked out at the state and local level, and that's true, but there is a federal responsibility to make sure everyone is following the same guidance and has a minimum level of capacity to implement that guidance."

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