The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked states to stockpile one-third of the antiviral medications the nation would need to respond to a flu pandemic. Federal stockpiles are designed to combine with the state's supply to treat up to 25 percent of the population in a crisis. Antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, can slow the current virus but are not a cure for it. Fifteen states purchased less than 50 percent of the amount recommended by the federal government.
CDC Says Flu Responses Will Vary Article | The acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that there is no single best way for communities to respond to the growing outbreak of swine flu, and he played down the role the nation's chief public health agency will play in managing the illness around the country.