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And the White House again if -- pointed out asking for one point five billion dollars.
More to handle outbreak is this request along with the budget for the CDC and other government agencies.
-- not to protect us joining me now as congressman Don Fleming away and congressman thank you for being here.
You're a freshman congressman and spit your career as a family position.
Being new to congress how would you rate -- preparedness as a nation for a flu outbreak like that.
They -- actually think that are prepared -- is really better than it was ten years ago.
-- the Bush Administration after the SARS epidemic in the -- she's having to do with terrorism.
We stockpiled more than fifty million doses.
Of anti viral.
Six billion dollars was put in two preparedness for a Swine Flu or Swine Flu like an epidemic.
So I think we're extremely well prepared at this time.
But what more needs to be done again the president asking for a billion and a half dollars an additional funding just -- Well I think that it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and build our stockpiles further it's my understanding is gonna take.
About a billion dollars to come up with a Swine Flu vaccine.
Which won't help us in the immediate future may take as much as six months or even longer to get in production.
And we're not really sure whether this.
Outbreak is going to turn into an epidemic or pandemic.
You may recall in 1976.
And I was practicing medicine then as well there we had a Swine Flu scare.
And it turned out that the never turned into a pandemic.
And in fact we came up with a vaccine -- harmed people.
-- again so how do you worry do you think that we are overreacting.
Here as a nation.
-- they don't let alone won't -- Yes -- I think it's it's too early detail.
-- know that someone suggests shutting down the borders with Mexico and perhaps other countries.
I don't think that's call for I think that this virus is already spread throughout the world.
In small pockets I think the best thing we can do it take this take precautions and that is that there is an outbreak in years to -- community.
They keep close schools stay on tape rarely you avoid.
Groups gathered to for the elderly and young people.
You certainly wash your hands he's good sanitation techniques.
And being and we in government in -- and certainly the CDC are going to be very prepared to deal with whatever comes along.
But we just don't have enough knowledge -- about what's gonna happen in the future to be able to make an immediate.
-- Won't talk to me as a physician rather than a lawmaker and tell me.
How you liked seeing the symptoms and seeing who.
This virus has attacked and seeing -- the first death here in the US.
With this small child in Texas talk to me in terms of a position is this unusual in terms of.
Viruses that -- thing.
Well it's unusual in that it's not here in the flu season you know we have seasonal flu and it kills 36000.
Americans a year.
Of course we think very little about that because we're used to seeing that over and over again.
And usually with any type of flu it's the very young and some very elderly those who are in you know compromise.
Who are hurt.
And so I I think that.
From from all indications.
Certainly Tamiflu and -- It's my understanding could be very important -- this so I would say if anyone out there has a fever.
-- -- Shaking -- They should consider seeing their position contact their position and consider taking relents.
Or some other -- bar.
Congressman thank you for being here congressman John Fleming from the nation's capital and -- more.
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