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US Declaration of Pandemic Emergency Allowed to Expire-5 Days After Campbell vs. the US Dismissed

Monday, July 26, 2010
“Minorities should be weighed, not counted.” — Frederich Schiller, German poet/playwright of the 19th Century

Almost totally unreported by the most of the world’s corporate-controlled media and so-called alternative truth media, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’ Declaration of Pandemic Emergency was allowed to expire on June 23, 2010 –five days after Campbell vs. the United States (Sebelius) had been dismissed.

Despite the judge’s verdict, and the fact that this comprehensive constitutional case against forced vaccinations/medical martial law was largely unknown and unsupported by any except a four-person US legal team and a small number of other activists, it may have actually won in the court of public opinion, vindicating the pro se plaintiff’s unconventional drafting of the case, and allowing — at least in this instance — justice and freedom in America to quietly prevail, despite the fact that there has as yet been no move in the US — as there has been in Europe — to investigate the WHO’s “plandemic” emergency. — REC

H1N1 Influenza Public Health Emergency Determination Expired on June 23
HHS encourages Americans to continue to practice flu prevention techniques
www.flu.gov/news/h1n1pheexpiration.html

On April 26, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services determined that the emergence of a new influenza virus strain with pandemic potential (now known as 2009 H1N1 Influenza) warranted the declaration of a public health emergency.

The formal declaration of a Public Health Emergency (PHE) is a tool that facilitates HHS preparation and mobilization for disasters and emergencies. The determination in April 2009, made under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, helped HHS prepare and respond to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic by enabling the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue emergency use authorizations for drugs, devices, and medical tests to protect communities that were impacted by the pandemic.

Since April 26, 2009, HHS’ public health emergency determination has been revisited and renewed quarterly (on July 24, October 1, and December 28, 2009, and March 26, 2010), as required by law.
The current March 26 determination is scheduled to expire on June 23, and, based on the current circumstances, will not be renewed.

Many factors have changed since H1N1 flu first arrived in the United States. More than 80 million Americans have now been vaccinated against H1N1 influenza. And, today, a little over a year after declaring our initial public health emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there is little 2009 H1N1 virus currently circulating in the United States. Hospitalizations from influenza-like illnesses have fallen to their usual low levels for this time of year, and there is no longer a significant demand for the medical countermeasures that required a public health emergency determination and emergency use authorizations. It is likely that other countries will be taking similar actions in the coming weeks and months based on their own assessments.

Continue Prevention
It is important to note that the expiration of the public health emergency determination in the United States does not mean that Americans should stop taking H1N1 or seasonal flu seriously. Americans should still take steps to prevent themselves and their families from getting flu and other respiratory infections in the first place – for example, by washing your hands frequently, covering your cough with a sleeve or a tissue, and staying home if you are ill.

In addition, while the U.S. is no longer in a situation that requires a Public Health Emergency declaration, the H1N1 flu is still circulating, and the H1N1 vaccine is still safe, effective, and available. This may be especially important for people traveling to the Southern Hemisphere, where it is currently influenza season. Starting in late summer and early fall, the seasonal flu vaccine for the 2010-2011 flu season will also be available, which protects against three different flu viruses, including the H1N1 flu.

If you have children going away to summer camp, now is a good time to make sure they are protected – by getting them vaccinated and by teaching them both how to avoid the flu and what they should do if they get it. The 2009 H1N1 virus targeted younger people at a higher rate, and resulted in more deaths among young people and pregnant women, than the seasonal flu we see most years. According to the CDC, with 2009 H1N1, approximately 90% of estimated hospitalizations and 87% of estimated deaths from April 2009 through January 16, 2010 occurred in people younger than 65 years old. In contrast, with seasonal influenza, about 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90% of flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older. However, people in all age groups can develop severe illness from either seasonal flu or from 2009 H1N1 flu.

Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family against the flu. And, this year, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that every American older than 6 months of age get vaccinated against the flu.
To get more answers about what the expiration of the Public Health Emergency means for you and your family, read Consumer Questions and Answers.
Emergency Use Authorizations

Finally, the expiration of the Public Health Emergency determination also terminates the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for certain medical tests, personal respiratory protection devices, and antiviral medications. These EUAs were issued in response to the public health emergency involving 2009 H1N1 influenza. Physicians and public health officials will still be able to get access to these tests, drugs, and tools, but there will be a different process for doing so. For example, clinicians will be able to obtain intravenous antiviral drugs through participation in clinical trials. Should a new pandemic emerge, or should we experience a new wave of H1N1 infections, HHS has the ability to declare a new public health emergency and issue new EUAs.

More information about the 2009 H1N1 Flu Emergency Use Authorizations can be found on the FDA website.

* Emergency Use Authorization
* Influenza (Flu) Antiviral Drugs and Related Information
* Tamiflu®
* Relenza®
* Peramivir IV
* Medical Devices and Flu Emergencies

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July 26, 2010 - Posted by | Human rights

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