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Kentucky, Indiana disaster-ready

December 27, 2007
by Laura Ungar
Louisville Courier-Journal

Kentucky and Indiana are well prepared for bioterrorism, pandemic flu and other potential public health disasters, according to the latest report from the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. The fifth annual report, called "Ready or Not?" and released this month, scores states based on 10 measures, such as flu vaccination rates for senior citizens, laboratory capabilities and plans to distribute emergency medical supplies. Kentucky was one of seven states that met all 10 standards. "There is little doubt that emergency health preparedness is on the national radar," Trust Executive Director Jeff Levi said. "But until all states are equally well prepared, our country is not as safe as it can and should be."

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