Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning
Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
September 21, 2009
by Rob Stein
Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs, according to two reports by federal investigators being released on Monday.
"The ability to cope with a surge in patients is going to be very spotty," said Kim Elliott of the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group. "Depending on the jurisdiction, preparations can range from probably mediocre to really bad."
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