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Swine Flu: Nothing to Sneeze At

America may not be ready for a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu, but the US government should be good enough to get through a really bad seasonal flu. That is the conclusion of recent research study by The Heritage Foundation. In a paper called, "Swine Flu: What Every American Should Know," found "the U.S. has the capacity to respond to the extra strains. Federal, state, and local governments should continue to improve their pandemic response and risk communication programs. They still need to do much to improve cross-state planning, continuity of operations, situational awareness and information sharing, and community resiliency." The study goes on to assess lessons learned from the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak last spring; the efficacy of the government's vaccination strategy; and other measures to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus.

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