World Health Organization Raises Influenza Pandemic Alert to Phase 6

On June 11, the World Health Organization raised the H1N1 pandemic level to phase 6 and considers its overall severity to be moderate. In a response statement, HHS Secretary Sebelius reminded U.S. residents that, “Although we have not seen large numbers of severe cases in this country so far, things could possibly be very different in the fall…and we need to start preparing now in order to be ready for a possible H1N1 immunization campaign starting in late September.” Read more about phase 6 and the severity. Read the statement of Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organazation.

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