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Don't count out H1N1 flu yet

December 23, 2009
by Dr. Joanne Stolen
Summit Daily News

The report, prepared by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also finds the dire economy has strained the already under-funded public health system. The 2009 H1N1 outbreak is the latest in a series of reminders - from September 11, to the subsequent anthrax attacks, to hurricane Katrina - that the nation's public health system needs to be ready to respond to a major health crisis. The H1N1 flu outbreak exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies. Vaccine production lagged the major outbreak.

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