U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Planning Update VI, A Report from Secretary Michael O. Leavitt [January 8, 2009]   [open pdf - 1MB]

This Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report is an update to a pandemic planning document that also deals with the specific threat of the H5N1 virus. The report also has information on monitoring and surveillance, vaccines and vaccine production capacity, antiviral drugs, state and local preparedness, and communications. "The story of our country's pandemic preparations is, at its center, a story about individuals and their sense of commitment to a common goal. It is a story of shared responsibility, of people working together to prepare their families, their communities, workplaces, cities, and states for the eventuality of a pandemic. At each level of this combined effort, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps so that those involved had the information, guidance, and support to work together to prepare for a pandemic. Individuals, too, within the Federal government are working together to take the broader actions that can only be done from a central, national vantage point. After three years of intense effort by these individuals and groups throughout the country, many results of this unique national effort are now emerging. At the same time, the next steps needed to continue this effort and improve upon it are coming into sharper focus."

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