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Participate in a Web Dialogue on Flu Pandemic Dec. 4-6

Next week, the Centers for Disease Control are convening a Web dialogue with citizens who are not health care practitioners and who are not involved in planning for pandemic flu. The chance of a deadly worldwide outbreak of influenza (a pandemic) is increasing, according to experts. Early in such an outbreak, the United States will lack an adequate supply of vaccine. This will be no one’s fault. Rather, it will be because developing and making an effective vaccine will take months. The regular flu vaccine we have now probably won’t work against any new flu virus powerful enough to cause a pandemic. The dialogue will provide clear information about what an influenza pandemic is and it will cover details about the draft guidelines. Participants will be asked for their feedback on these vaccination goals.

The web dialogue to discuss these guidelines, Vaccination Prioritization for Pandemic Influenza, will take place for three days, from Tuesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 6, 2007. If you are have the time to participate, visit the dialogue website www.webdialogues.net/panflu/engage and register. The instructions to participate on-line are easy to understand and follow. Please share this announcement with your friends and others in your community who might be interested in this important topic.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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