No one's worried about H1N1?

swine_fluEarlier today, I attended a meeting with leaders from Nursing, Emergency Management, Safety, Pharmacy, the Emergency Department and other areas where we discussed the intensive and complex preparations Children’s Hospital Boston is making to deal with a possible H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak this fall and winter. Tomorrow, Boston Mayor Tom Menino is hosting the first-ever Boston Influenza Preparedness Summit, which is expected to bring together officials from hospitals, businesses, schools and religious and community organizations. The HealthMap team in the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program is tracking H1N1’s progress on a minute-by-minute basis.

Yet a new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that most Americans aren’t worried about H1N1.

Are you? Are we all getting worked up over nothing? Or does all this preparation and hoopla make you feel better?

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