Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Officials brief Congress on H1N1 flu virus

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[July 25, 2009]  WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and John Brennan, homeland security adviser at the White House, briefed members of Congress on preparation for the H1N1 flu virus this fall. Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate made the request.

RestaurantA bipartisan group of members was updated on the planning efforts by government agencies and the health community to prepare the nation. Americans across the country are being asked to begin planning and preparing for the fall flu season.

President Obama has asked his key Cabinet officers to work closely with state, local, territorial and tribal partners and provide them with critical information and resources in the coming months, as the country prepares for a likely vaccination program this fall.

Most importantly, officials continue to engage in an ongoing effort to inform and educate the public, the private sector and academic institutions on actions that can be taken before the traditional flu season begins this fall.

Minimizing the effects of H1N1 is a shared responsibility. Americans can start preparing today by visiting and taking advantage of the flu prevention information and planning guidelines located on the site.

Officials will continue to monitor the virus here in the United States as well as overseas to fulfill the president's top priority of keeping the American people safe and secure.

[Text from a news release from the White House press secretary's office via Terry Storer, Logan County Emergency Management Agency]

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