The White House will hold an H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit July 9, 2009
"to further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu. The goal
of the summit includes discussing preparedness priorities.
Two priorities that I see include 1: the need for research about what the public does and does not know
about basic home care issues. For example, do people have skills and the resources to take a temperature. How many people have a thermometer, know how to use it and how to interpret the readings? Do people know how to keep a sick person well hydrated and what signs of dehydration look like? 2: Distribution of existing detailed home care information
for the public so that mild influenza illness can be managed at home and people can feel confident that they are contacting a health care provider when they need one. See the press release
for more information.