[Premed-talk] OMG WEDNESDAY: Obama's H1N1/Swine Flu Advisers at White House host a study group!!

Debbie P. Lin debbiepl at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 00:25:18 EST 2009


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Date: 2009/11/2
Subject: [IOP-Open] OMG WEDNESDAY: Obama's H1N1/Swine Flu Advisers at
White House host a study group!!
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> *EYE OF THE STORM*
> A Study Group with IOP Fellow Stephanie Cutter
> *
> The Swine Flu Crisis:
> Controlling a Flu Pandemic without fear or panic in the Modern Media
> Environment
> *
> GUEST: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn
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> WEDNESDAY, 4-5:30
> IOP FDR room
>
> *RSVP<http://www.facebook.com/editevent.php?eid=167298149149&step=1#/event.php?eid=167298149149>and join us on
> Facebook!<http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/updates.php?id=162543176062&sent=1&e=0#/pages/Cambridge-MA/Stephanie-Cutters-Study-Group/162543176062>
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> Federal officials have been working around the clock to put plans in place
> to prevent a flu pandemic that could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
> Equally important is an effort to prevent panic among the American public in
> the modern media environment that documents with great detail every
> outbreak, hospitalization and death by the virus.
>
> This summer, more than a million Americans were infected with H1N1, the
> deadly strain of the flu virus, more than 5,000 were hospitalized, and more
> than 300 died. The H1N1 flu virus continues to circulate in this country and
> in at least 100 other countries around the world – especially in the
> Southern Hemisphere, where flu season is underway. Scientists and public
> health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 could worsen this fall, when
> the regular flu season hits and with the start of the school year.
>
> According to the New York Times, seasonal flus kill an estimated 250,000 to
> 500,000 people worldwide each year. However, with the H1N1 strain, officials
> are concerned about greater lethality given the pace of contamination, the
> strength of the virus and potential shortfall of vaccinations. With
> questions about adequate supplies of flu vaccines, experts believe it may
> not be vast enough to avert an epidemic and high rates of death if the virus
> starts to spread widely and become more virulent.
>
> This Wednesday's study group we will hear from Anita Dunn about all the
> ways the White House has attempted to control the flu outbreak as well as
> keeping panic and fear low. Hope to see you all there!
>
> *------------------------------------
> *
>
> *Basic H1N1 Timeline*
>
>    - *March 17: Mexico -* Earliest known onset of a case that is later to
>    be confirmed as Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection. *
>    http://www.webcitation.org/5jhPR679t*<http://www.webcitation.org/5jhPR679t>
>    - *March 28:* * United States* Earliest known onset of a USA case later
>    confirmed as swine flu, that of a nine-year-old girl residing in *Imperial
>    County, California*<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_County,_California>
>    . *http://www.webcitation.org/5jiAdcpUZ*<http://www.webcitation.org/5jiAdcpUZ>
>    - *April 27:  WHO -* The Emergency Committee meets for the second time.
>    The * WHO* Director-General issues a statement that containment of the
>    outbreak is not feasible, and elevates the pandemic alert from Phase 3 to
>    Phase 4. *
>    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_20090427/en/index.html
>    *<http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_20090427/en/index.html>
>    - *July 29:*  *United States - * The U.S. military wants to establish
>    regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the
>    event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to
>    Defense Department officials. *
>    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/07/28/military.swine.flu/*<http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/07/28/military.swine.flu/>
>    - *Sept. 21:* * U.S.* The U.S. government orders a total of 251 million
>    doses of H1N1 vaccine from manufacturers, up from the long-planned total of
>    195 million. *http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164895.php*<http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164895.php>
>    - *Oct. 16:*  * U.S. “*An initial shortfall of swine flu vaccine is
>    predicted shortly after the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and
>    influenza goes above the epidemic threshold in some states, with flu
>    activity widespread in 41 states. It is also announced that the number
>    cases, hospitalizations and deaths are unprecedented for this time of year,
>    with flu-like illnesses accounting for 6.1% of all doctor visits, itself an
>    unusually high number.” *
>    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/health/17flu.html?_r=1&hpw*<http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/health/17flu.html?_r=1&hpw>
>    - *Oct. 23:  * Obama declares flu emergency to ease restrictions for
>    hospitals -
>
>
>       http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/24/h1n1.obama/index.html
>
>
> *Political side of the Flu
> *
>
>    - “Families say flu scare comes with a dose of craziness,” *
>    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/24/AR2009102402286.html
>    *<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/24/AR2009102402286.html>
>
>
>    - “Shortage of Vaccine Poses Political Test for Obama”
>
>
>    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/us/politics/29shortage.html
>
>
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