A report released Thursday commended the government for developing plans and stockpiling antivirals after the avian flu scare but warned that gaps still exist and that the health system may not be prepared in a more severe outbreak.
The Trust for America's Health, the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also listed 10 lessons from the H1N1 outbreak and 10 recommendations. Among them were a call for continuously updating and restocking the national vaccine stockpile, boosting the capacity for vaccine development and production, and reinforcing health care systems.
Nearly 20,000 cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed worldwide, with more than half of the cases from the United States, according to the World Health Organization. Read full article »