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Pandemic report warns against 'flu fatigue,' complacency

November 10, 2010
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP

 

A review of several after-action pandemic assessments released today shows that earlier investments in emergency preparedness were helpful, but serious gaps such as low flu vaccination rates in minority groups and continued erosion of public health infrastructure could undermine response to the next national health emergency.

The big-picture view of the nation's pandemic response was provided by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said today at a press conference that reviewing the pandemic lessons raises important public policy issues. "The nation is at a crossroads," he said. "We can go back to complacency or build on the momentum of our pandemic efforts."

 

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