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H1N1 reveals weak spots in nation's preparedness

December 28, 2009
by Lorna Benson
Minnesota Public Radio

Osterholm said more funding is key to any meaningful improvements in the nation's pandemic response. He said the public health system needs to be rebuilt.

Richard Hamburg, deputy director of the advocacy group Trust For America's Health, agrees. He said the H1N1 outbreak was a reminder that even a relatively mild pandemic can overwhelm the health care system. He said the U.S. got a wakeup call that it shouldn't ignore.

"I guess the good news is we have a little time at some point to sit back and look at the lessons learned, and do a lot of things more effectively next time," he said.

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