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Health system gets mixed grades on flu response

Study examines lessons learned from initial outbreak of H1N1.

June 9, 2009
by Phil Leggiere
Homeland Security Today

A new report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Center for Biosecurity, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) gives US officials high marks for executing "strong coordination and communication" and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances during the initial phases of the H1N1 outbreak in late April and May.

The report, titled The Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines also cautions, however, that the nation's core public health capacity would be very quickly overwhelmed if an outbreak were more severe or widespread.

The report reviews 10 early lessons learned from the response to the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak, 10 ongoing core vulnerabilities in US pandemic flu preparedness, and case studies of challenges communities around the country faced when responding to the outbreak.

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