It’s not hogwash: Prepare now for the coming swine flu pandemic

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by Heather A. Hoyt, Esq.

Federal and state public health agencies are closely monitoring the H1N1 influenza (also known as swine flu) that was first identified this spring. Since then, every state in the U.S. has had confirmed cases of the virus.

This summer, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 6, signaling that a global pandemic was under way.

It’s not time to panic—but it is time to think strategically, be proactive and be prepared.

No one can predict the timing and severity of a pandemic. Thus far, the H1N1 flu has been relatively mild, with effects similar to the seasonal flu. Most people have recovered without needing medical treatment.

But even with the mild disease caused by the new virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the world could experience anywhere from 2 million to 7.4 million deaths (projected from data obtained from a simi...(register to read more)

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