President Obama has formally declared the Swine Flu outbreak a national emergency. By declaring it a state of emergency, hospitals will be allowed to move off-site to treat those affected and provide more accessible care to those seeking the vaccine. The declaration was signed Friday and formally announced Saturday.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses have gone out to health departments, doctor’s offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.
At least through the ‘state of emergency,’ people will be able to get the help they need more quickly.
No need to panic…just yet.