States Not Prepared

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    This is a rather interesting indictment on the states. After being funded by the feds, many have failed to follow through with the preparation -- particularly stockpiling of Tamiflu and antibioltics -- citing various "reasons", which I can only characterize as excuses. If and when an actual epidemic/pandemic occurs, I'm certain that they'll be looking to the Federal government for help, and I wonder what they've done with the funds they've already received if those dollars weren't used as they were designated for.

    washingtonpost.com

    Many States Do Not Meet Readiness Standards
    (By Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post)
     
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    lets see....the feds got all the money from the states in the first place....bad form not to spend it on what you were suposed to though....but then again the feds do the same thing.....i guess this will be a case of do as i say not as i do.....
     
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    Without nknowing what the feds require them to stockpile the map is merely interesting...

    By the way given the numbers of unfunded federal mandates over the years most states have all they can do to with sales tax and other revenues down this year to just stay even with all they are supposed to do without expanding any programs.
     
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    It's in the article Allbiz qouted.

    "The federal government has met its goal of accumulating 50 million courses of the antiviral medications."

    "Along with the federal doses, the plan called for states together to create a cache of 30 million doses, but they have fallen short of that figure by one-third. Maine, for example, which has three confirmed cases of swine flu, has stockpiled no medications."

    "The combined federal-state stockpile would provide enough medication to treat 25 percent of the population. Health officials believe that treatment at such levels would be sufficient to stop a pandemic. "


     
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    Doesn't really matter though if you haven't the money you haven't the money and they largely don't have the money because of other thing the feds insist that they do without ever bothering to supply them the money to do it. And some of those programs go back decades.
     
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    Quote: Originally Posted by garyd
    Without nknowing what the feds require them to stockpile the map is merely interesting...

    By the way given the numbers of unfunded federal mandates over the years most states have all they can do to with sales tax and other revenues down this year to just stay even with all they are supposed to do without expanding any programs.

    Quote: Originally Posted by Missourian
    It's in the article Allbiz qouted.

    "The federal government has met its goal of accumulating 50 million courses of the antiviral medications."

    "Along with the federal doses, the plan called for states together to create a cache of 30 million doses, but they have fallen short of that figure by one-third. Maine, for example, which has three confirmed cases of swine flu, has stockpiled no medications."

    "The combined federal-state stockpile would provide enough medication to treat 25 percent of the population. Health officials believe that treatment at such levels would be sufficient to stop a pandemic. "

    Quote: Originally Posted by garyd
    Doesn't really matter though if you haven't the money you haven't the money and they largely don't have the money because of other thing the feds insist that they do without ever bothering to supply them the money to do it. And some of those programs go back decades.


    Which part are you having a problem understanding?
     
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    Not sure how much of ours we got, but it's in the 75-99%.
     
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    Considering there is no real threat ... look at all that wasted money!
     
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    In this case, and in the case a few years back of the avian flu (which is how the "preparedness" funds came to be appropriated), I absolutely agree -- there was and, apparently, is no real threat.

    The point, though, is that public health is about prevention, and that means "preparedness" in the event of a real threat. Had someone paid closer attention to the strange "illnesses" that were occurring in the early '80s, it's highly probable that the HIV/AIDS virus would not have become the threat that it is today.
     

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