If we do all this work, and there's no pandemic, you still have 36,000 people die every year of seasonal flu, and you could make a big dent in that. Wouldn't that be wonderful
More Quotes from Georges Benjamin:A lot of the problems occur when people think everything's back to normal when in fact it isn't.
In an era during which new and re-emerging diseases, such as the H5N1 avian flu virus, are potential public health threats, Americans should not forget to take the proper precautions to protect their health against the diseases that threaten us today.
This is mosquito country. There is the risk of explosive breeding of mosquitoes, as well as rats and rodents.
What often happens in a situation like this is people latch onto very concrete things, like buying vaccine. That's not readiness. That's stockpiling. We have got to have first responders who know what their role is, people who can get shots into people's arms quickly, and hospitals who can handle patients.
This comparative information is extremely important because it is an indication that we as a nation have not achieved optimal health.
The most frustrating thing to me is that FedEx can do that sort of detailed tracking of what it ships, but public health officials can't do the same thing with flu vaccine. The knowledge of where exactly vaccine is ought to be a public resource. We have a lot of work to do.
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