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-- is our meeting today in Washington DC for a conference on Swine Flu how to deal with the medical social and business implications.
Of a possible pandemic.
-- commerce secretary Gary Locke Homeland Security secretary Janet apology now and health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told -- John joint news conference today.
To advise employers and business is on how to deal with the Swine Flu.
But with the delay as well as a shortage.
In Swine Flu vaccines already announced by the CDC.
There -- a proposal on defense secretary Robert Gates's desk for the military to set up regional teams to help local authorities deal with a reaction.
To the pandemic.
So are we facing an event.
Rich and hysteria of one of historical proportions.
Let's talk to -- expert doctor Richard Carmona is a former surgeon general and the president and CEO.
A big canyon ranch health resort.
-- if finder if the author vanished in a corporate corruption novelist.
And Larry Smith the president of the institute or crisis management can weekend and thank you for being here thanks for being -- Good morning I got good morning on -- let me start with you.
Even if a -- a real.
-- -- possibility of a substantial pandemic flu.
-- a case several real concern.
Well I think there's no real hysteria I think this uncertainty I think the American public is bombarded with a significant amount of information.
About emerging infections from all over the world and the common flu that hits us every year.
And so with that uncertainty there is you know and not sure what to do it how's this going to affect me.
But I think we have an infrastructure in place it's doing a good job our -- DC.
Our health and human services department of Homeland Security all have guidance on web sites we have a pandemic flu plan that's been in place for a couple of years now.
And that information needs to be done disseminated a little bit more actively.
Larry what do you think is this a major issue what are the challenges we face.
-- the challenges so excuse me the challenges that we face are getting people to pay attention.
I don't think at the CDC and and HHS and the World Health Organization have done a very good job of planning -- this point but business leaders of the ones that I deal with.
Are still not taking this seriously and they've got a lot of this is planning to do as well as the health issue planning that people have been talking about and if they don't do that.
They'll be a big pick up potential -- up in their business.
But let me remind you that we've had panda makes every thirty to forty years since 15100 police and the world -- never come to an end after -- Just you know there have been.
-- less than 500 deaths from Swine Flu in this country and 477.
Every year 36000.
People die from influenza -- so why is this to be feared more than influence.
-- -- -- wondered about and and I'm I'm not entirely sure.
People are more alarmed.
About Swine Flu which in fact has killed.
Or fewer people.
Let's hit the doctors have former surgeon general why is that.
Alexis I get I think it comes to the uncertainty I agree with my colleagues.
We have still a lot of work to do in the business community for continuity of this this preparation which is well outlined in the pandemic of flu response plan.
However the public is still want certain about all of this those -- the data given to you is absolutely true about 35 or should -- 6000 people every year die from common flu.
And this particular H1N1 seems not to be so -- now and so it -- it's not that we should relax.
But still we -- having what appears to be a disproportionate concern about a virus that at least now if it doesn't mutate seems to be not so over you want.
However we need to be vigilant about all of these emerging infections right now it's H1N1 the term that we use in preparedness is all hazards preparedness.
Communities need to be prepared for any and all challenges within earthquakes where -- are there hurricanes are man made naturally occurring challenges.
Or emerging infections which we anticipate will continue every year.
As they have for for many many years actually many --
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