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CDC H1N1 (Swine Flu) Response Actions and Goals

November 4, 2019


Hello, I’m Dr. Inzune Hwang
with CDC’s Influenza Division. At this time, an outbreak
of human cases of H1N1 influenza is occurring
in the United States. CDC understands
that many people are concerned, and we’re concerned, as well. We’d like you to know that CDC and its local, state,
and international partners are actively investigating
and responding to this outbreak. Based on the rapid spread
of the virus thus far, it’s likely that more cases
will be identified in the next several weeks. CDC is acting quickly
and decisively to address
this growing health threat. Although there is
no vaccine available right now to protect against this strain
of H1N1 influenza, we’ve begun the process
of developing a vaccine, should it become necessary. CDC also has activated
its Emergency Operation Center to coordinate
the agency’s response. On April 26th, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, declared a public health
emergency in the United States. This allows funds to be released for the acquisition
of medicines and supplies. As part
of our preparedness efforts, the U.S. government
previously purchased 50 million treatment courses of the influenza antiviral drugs
Oseltamivir and Zanamavir for the U.S.
Strategic National Stockpile. Influenza antiviral drugs
are prescription medications that are available in pill,
liquid, or inhaler form. These medicines
can make your illness milder, make you feel better faster, and may also prevent
serious influenza complications. They are an important weapon in our arsenal
against influenza viruses. Other materials in the stockpile include personal
protective equipment and respiratory
protection devices such as face masks
and respirators. On April 26, 2009, CDC’s division of
the Strategic National Stockpile released 1/4
of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory
protection devices to help states respond
to this outbreak. These materials will be useful in reducing transmission
of H1N1 influenza illness and treating people
who are sick. CDC’s goals during this public
health emergency are clear. Our actions are designed
to slow the spread of disease and reduce the severity
of the illness in people. In addition,
CDC has placed an emphasis on providing
timely information and guidance to help healthcare providers,
public health officials, and the public address
the challenges posed by this newly identified
influenza virus. In response to this outbreak,
CDC has issued a number of informational
and guidance documents. These materials
are being updated and expanded
as the situation develops. The materials are available
for viewing or download on the CDC website at… We ask that people
visit this webpage to learn more about
H1N1 influenza and the outbreak. We also ask that
you check the website often, as the recommendations
are subject to change.

5 Comments

  • Reply hamptonbay100 December 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I cured the flu in six hours using vitamin D. 45,000 units spread out with food. Also take the cofactor magnesium or you will get a headache. Vitamindcounsil has the science to back it up. No need for a flu shot. The flu is a season disease caused by low levels of 25 hydroxyvitamin D.

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  • Reply Gianna Mills August 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Is H1N1 still a risk now that its been 4 years?

  • Reply Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) August 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Yes. H1N1 flu viruses are still spreading and causing illness. A seasonal flu vaccine will protect against circulating H1N1 viruses.

  • Reply H1 CoDoe September 5, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Hehe

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