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President Urges Flu Preparedness and Clean Hands

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama called on Americans Tuesday to take common-sense steps -- from staying home from work when they are sick to frequently washing their hands and covering their sneezes with their sleeves and not their hands -- to support government efforts to contain the expected impact of the swine flu.

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Obama said the federal government is taking a coordinated approach to fighting the expected outbreak, including ramping up what he says will be a "voluntary, but strongly recommended" H1N1 flu shot program.

The president has received regular briefings, including one from several Cabinet members and other top officials Tuesday, on the expected outbreak. He has asked officials to "spare no effort in addressing this national security challenge," according to a White House statement.

The federal government is also laying plans to coordinate its flu response with local officials, medical personnel, schools and others, the White House said.

The H1N1 virus brushed the United States this spring and health officials expect a stronger, more direct hit this coming fall and winter. Half of Americans could be infected with the virus and as many as 90,000 could die, more than double who die of seasonal flu, according to a planning scenario issued late last month by the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.

The medical community could be overwhelmed by the outbreak, which could lead to as many as 1.8 million patients being hospitalized in the U.S., according to the planning scenario.
Obama said steady progress is being made on developing a swine flu vaccine and that a huge inoculation program "will begin soon."

"I don't want anybody to be alarmed," Obama said about the scenarios sketched about the possible impact of the flu. "But I do want everybody to prepared."

Posted at 3:53 PM ET on Sep 1, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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I don't know about the H1N1 swine flu virus but paranoid psychosis seems to have gripped the nation right now! The President is doing what any responsible President would do by advising citizens to reduce the risk of infection by good hygiene practice and get vacinated. As any sane person would particularly if they are in an at risk group such as people with heart or lung disease or asthma. This is flu pandemic not an episode of the X Files...

Posted by: fotografiejc | September 2, 2009 6:28 PM


Do not roll your sleves up for any vaccine given by any government. You may get some disease developed within next five years that may kill you or you may not be able to have kids anymore. Main goal of elite men, bankers and rich morrons is to have one world government and control people and they are same idiots who mess with Obama and who messed with Bush. Our presidents are just a puppets who do what they are told to do by these "new world order" wannabees. With these kinds of vaccine it is possible they can kill one quarter of the world mankind, which will reduce population to more controlable and more obeying to their ideas. Refuse it and fight new world order.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | September 1, 2009 7:38 PM

Washington Post broke with most major media here in a favorable response - they did not mention or suggest a flu vaccination. However, Obama did - guess their [vaccination companies] "lobbying efforts" have swayed him this way.

It's ironic that verified research indicates numerous people involved in making these "flu vaccines" are refusing inoculation. Do you wonder why? Go to: - scroll down, and link to "the rest of the story"...

Posted by: HealingNews | September 1, 2009 5:03 PM

Memo to POTUS:



Team Obama must immediately terminate the secretive executive branch extrajudicial multi-agency "coordinated action program" that is destroying the lives and livelihoods of unjustly targeted Americans...

...via covert, warrantless GPS/cell phone stalking, harassment and DEMOESTIC TORTURE...

...the deployment of silent, health degrading, "slow-kill" microwave and laser directed energy weapons...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum...

...the Xyklon-B of a Bush-Cheney- spawned American Gestapo that continues to operate on YOUR watch -- enabled by the apparent naivete of your misinformed cabinet.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):, RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 1, 2009 4:20 PM

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