September 15, 2009: MARKEY STATEMENT ON PANDEMIC FLU PREPARATIONS
Rep. Markey speaks at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on preparations for the 2009 Pandemic Flu.
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In 2005, when a new strain of avian flu was found
In the 109th Congress, I introduced the Global Trade Requires Unmitigated Truth in Health, or TRUTH, Act,
We all know that pigs can’t fly, but swine flu can. It can fly across borders, infecting individuals all around the globe.
We were spared a major outbreak of the avian flu in 2005, but now, the H1N1 outbreak has already reached a pandemic classification by the World Health Organization. This time, however, we are much better prepared
A new vaccine is being developed and will be ready in the coming weeks. The Department of Health and Human Services has carefully coordinated efforts with education institutions, state and local authorities, travel industries, the business community, and health care providers. Five companies will be producing a large supply of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine and more than 670
To further reassure concerned mothers and fathers, the Massachusetts Department of Health is recommending an “MVP” approach
MITIGATE your risk by staying home when you are sick and keeping your kids home if they are ill.
VACCINATE yourself and your family once the H1N1 vaccine is available, especially if you are at high-risk.
And PREVENT the spread of flu by washing your hands frequently covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Every one of us has the responsibility
I applaud President Obama, Secretary Sebelius, and thousands of health care workers and researchers for taking the necessary action