02/20/2006 - If a serious flu pandemic occurs, where you live and how well your community has prepared could mean the difference between life and death.
No one can say when a pandemic will begin or how severe it will be, but the SARS outbreak in 2003 showed us how quickly a new disease can spread. The 2004 flu vaccine shortage prompted panic and long lines at clinics, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brought home the alarming reality of American citizens stranded at a time of need.
Read the rest of the article on the USA Today site--Have We Learned Our Lessons About Pandemics?
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