U.S. Flu Report Predicts Chaos
May 3, 2006
by Anita Manning and David Jackson
A White House report on pandemic flu paints a grim picture of the social and economic chaos that could overtake the country in a serious outbreak, including widespread illness and 40% absenteeism, potential school closures and travel restrictions...
...The approach that "communities will be on their own" is a concern, says Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America's Health
, a public health advocacy group.
"Where you live shouldn't determine whether and how you are protected," he says. "It should be the same policy across the country — who will be prioritized for vaccines or anti-virals, whether schools will be shut down."
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