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HHS' Planfirst webcast-let science drive the protocol

HHS Secretary Sebelius and DHS Secretary Napolitano hosted a Webcast to answer questions from the American people regarding the H1N1 flu, moderated by Lark McCarthy. They were joined by Acting Director of CDC, Dr. Besser. (1) The webcast is about 1 hour, it's well worth watching and provides a lot of thoughtful assurance.
24 hours into the job, Secretary Sebelius points out during this webcast the importance of their policy for managing the impact on the public of this new strain of flu: let science drive the protocol and community mitigation. The idea for the webcast is to open the lines of communication, to communicate what this flu is and what it is not. While the situation is dynamic and will change, the panel members all emphasized the goal of getting information to the public, so that people can stay informed. (Local information is also important to get.) The essence of their guidance plans is to control group settings and in that way contain the flu bug, to implement rationale control measures- take what we learn and then adjust that with more information . Manufacturers and scientists stand ready to work together to turn research into medicine when needed. HHS is working to find a good balance between the need for speed and safety in providing the medicine to treat the symptoms of this flu strain and also research for a vaccine.

The CDC is actively investigating human cases of influenza A (H1N1) in several states and is working closely with Canada, Mexico and the World Health Organization. The CDC is continuously updating its investigation information. As with any infectious disease, CDC recommends that people should take everyday preventive actions.Read the WHO report [posted on the HHS website].

(1) http://www.hhs.gov/

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