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Significant Progress Made in Nation's Preparedness to Respond to Public Health Emergencies; But Gaps in Critical Areas Threaten Overall Readiness

an adequate plan to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)?

2. Mass Distribution - Antiviral Stockpiling - Did the state purchase a portion of its share of federally subsidized or unsubsidized antiviral drugs to stockpile for use during an influenza pandemic?

3. Public Health Laboratories - Bio-Threat Testing - Does the state lab director report having sufficient laboratory capabilities to test for biological threats?

4. Public Health Laboratories - Workforce Surge Preparedness - If needed in an emergency, does the state public health laboratory have the capability to provide 24/7 coverage to analyze samples?

5. Biosurveillance -Does the state use a disease surveillance system that is compatible with CDC's national system, including integrating data from multiple sources, using electronic lab reporting, and using an Internet browser?

6. Healthcare Volunteer Liability Protection - Does the state have laws that reduce or limit the liability exposure for healthcare volunteers who serve in a public health emergency?

7. Emergency Preparedness Drills - Does the state health department engage the state National Guard in public health emergency preparedness drills or training exercises?

8. Community Resiliency - Does the state meet a minimum threshold of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers per 100,000 persons?

9. Public Health Progress - Seniors' Seasonal Flu Vaccination - Did the state increase its rates for immunizing adults aged 65 and older for the seasonal flu?

10. Funding Commitment - Did the state maintain or increase funding for public health programs for FY 2005-06 to FY 2006-07?

State Score Summary

10 out of 10: Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia

9 out of 10: Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oreg

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