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CDC puts the spotlight on pandemic flu preparedness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in ATLANTA, GA., used National Public Health Week as an opportunity to increase awareness and knowledge about pandemic influenza preparedness.

Throughout the week, CDC hosted activities that targeted both employees and the general public. Those included a food drive at many CDC campuses, National Public Health Week themed e-cards and a live satellite broadcast on the topic of pandemic flu preparedness entitled "Pandemic Influenza: Progress in Planning and Exercising--Federal, State and Local Perspectives."

CDC's National Public Health Week e-cards were created and sent to encourage participation in the broadcast and also to demonstrate support for National Public Health Week. A CDC graphic of a flu "bug" was available for National Public Health Week partners to post on their Web sites to promote the week. Also a "Notice to Readers" about CDC's National Public Health Week activities was featured in the March 30 issue of the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The satellite broadcast was CDC's premier National Public Health Week event, featuring a moderated panel of experts discussing their knowledge and successes in pandemic influenza planning. The broadcast's goal was to increase awareness, knowledge and action on pandemic flu preparedness among public health professionals and health providers. Hundreds of state, local and other public health partners watched the broadcast, which was aired from CDC studios in Atlanta. Podcasts from the broadcast were also made available.

CDC also held a food drive to help local food banks ensure their communities have access to food during a public health emergency. CDC employees heeded the call, donating about 6,700 pounds of nonperishable foods during the week.

To view an archived version of the satellite broadcast or to download CDC podcasts, visit nphw2007.asp.
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Title Annotation:United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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