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Medical News and Perspectives
October 13, 2004

Government Drafts Flu Preparedness Plan

JAMA. 2004;292(14):1671-1672. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1671

With the threat of a potentially serious influenza pandemic on their minds, federal health officials have sketched a plan to deal with a serious outbreak, even one as serious as the 1918 pandemic that claimed millions of lives.

The Pandemic Influenza Response and Preparedness Plan, released by the US Department of Health and Human Services, stresses the need for improved measures to safeguard the public. Of particular note, steps need to be taken in the areas of surveillance, vaccine development and production, antiviral stockpiling, research, and public health preparedness.

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