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 Author: jef
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:31 am 
This came in my email today. Cynic that I am, I think the powers that be want to deflect interest from other issues. Or spend a zillion dollars on another wonder vaccine (that could perhaps kill you,
or make you really sick). Personally, I'm going to continue washing my hands a lot (especially after being out in large groups), eat healthy organically grown food, and consult all the wonderful alternative practitioners who take care of me when I need them. But you might want to know what The White House sez;

As the President's advisor on Homeland Security, I am passing along the following message from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, who are leading the efforts to prepare our Nation for the coming flu season.

Fellow Americans,

This spring we were confronted with an outbreak of a troubling flu virus called 2009-H1N1. As the fall flu season approaches, it is critical that we reinvigorate our preparedness efforts across the country in order to mitigate the effects of this virus on our communities.

Today, we are holding an H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit in conjunction with the White House to discuss our Nation's preparedness. We are working together to monitor the spread of 2009-H1N1 and to prepare to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against the 2009-H1N1 flu virus, assuming we have a safe vaccine and do not see changes in the virus that would render the vaccine ineffective.

But the most critical steps to mitigating the effects of 2009-H1N1 won't take place in Washington — they will take place in your homes, schools and community businesses.

Taking precautions for this fall's flu season is a responsibility we all share. Visit Flu.gov to make sure you are ready and learn how you can help promote public awareness.

We are making every effort to have a safe and effective vaccine available for distribution as soon as possible, but our current estimate is that it won't be ready before mid-October. This makes individual prevention even more critical. Wash your hands regularly. Take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and if you do get sick, stay home from work or school.

We are doing everything possible to prepare for the fall flu season and encourage all Americans to do the same — this is a shared responsibility and now is the time to prepare. Please visit Flu.gov to learn what steps you can take to prepare and do your part to mitigate the effects of H1N1.

Take Care,
Kathleen, Janet and Arne

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 Author: timothius
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:26 am 
I got this message too. It kind of reminds you of the boy that cried wolf, doesn't it? Like you Iwill wash my hands often and eat as well as I can. The Judge is still out on Unlicensed practitioners. Maybe we ought to just call them what they are, herbalists, Alternative care givers etc. The word unlicensed seems wrong almost a pejorative.

Stay well and safe.

Tim

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