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Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning

Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage

September 21, 2009
by Rob Stein
Washington Post

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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