Administration's Flu vaccine Program: Health, Safety, and Distribution, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, September 29, 2009 [open pdf - 2MB]
From Edolphus Town's opening statement: "This past March, a novel strain of H1N1 influenza, commonly know[n] as 'swine flu,' was reported in Mexico. Several people died and the virus spread quickly. Just three months later, in June, the World Health Organization declared this strain of swine flu to be a pandemic, the first global pandemic declared since 1968. According to the CDC, by the end of August, this new virus had spread throughout the U.S., resulting in more than 9,000 hospitalizations and over 600 deaths. At first, some scientists feared that this could be a pandemic disaster on the scale of the Hong Kong Flu of 1957, or worse, the Spanish Flu of 1918. At this point, however, it appears to pose much less of a threat. Nevertheless, there is great uncertainty about the course of this flu. And it is this very uncertainty that I think concerns people most." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Chairman Edolphus Towns; Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Jesse Goodman, Deputy Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration.
Serial No. 111-31
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