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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

• KATU.com/Associated Press
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people.
 
The declaration that Obama signed late Friday authorized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules so health officials can respond more quickly to the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.
 
The goal is to remove bureaucratic roadblocks and make it easier for sick people to seek treatment and medical providers to provide it immediately. That could mean fewer hurdles involving Medicare, Medicaid or health privacy regulations.
 
"As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic," Obama wrote in the declaration, which the White House announced Saturday.
 
He said the pandemic keeps evolving, the rates of illness are rising rapidly in many areas and there's a potential "to overburden health care resources."
 
Because of vaccine production delays, the government has backed off initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses would be available by mid-October. As of Wednesday, only 11 million doses had been shipped to health departments, doctor's offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.
 
The government now hopes to have about 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine out by mid-November and 150 million in December.
 
The flu virus has to be grown in chicken eggs, and the yield hasn't been as high as was initially hoped, officials explained.
 
Swine flu is more widespread now than it's ever been. Health authorities say almost 100 children have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states now have widespread flu activity.
 
Worldwide, more than 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday. Since most countries have stopped counting individual swine flu cases, the figure is considered an underestimate.

Obama declares swine flu a national emergency 

7 Comments in Response to

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Hey, I'm doing my part.  Be sure to tell them you are over 50, a healthcare worker, paramedic, cop, or fireman.   These shots are very limited so they restrict who can get a shot.  I've already gotten six telling them one of the above.  And if I am feeling better I'll start hitting the Walmart's tomorrow for some more.

Comment by Donna Hancock
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I will not voluntarily take the shot

Comment by Renee Houlihan
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Donna, you're the best!!  Are you getting your flu shot??  I hear we are under a nation threat, that's what Obama says.

Comment by Barbara Peterson
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Excellent, thanks Donna! 

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Panic.  PANIC.  PANIC!!!!  What is wrong with you?  PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Stop paying attention, and PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stand in line.  Get your flu shot.  Duct tape plastic over your house and cower.

Comment by Donna Hancock
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The link is working now.

Comment by Barbara Peterson
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The link isn't working. Here is a good link to the same story: http://farmwars.info/?p=1791 This information needs to get out! 


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