Georgia eligible for federal funds for H1N1 flu

Georgia is eligible for $10.8 million to help prepare for the 2009 novel H1N1 flu virus and the fall flu season.

The grant, funded by the recent supplemental appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama June 24, was announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. A total of $260 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grants and $90 million in Hospital Preparedness grants will be distributed nationwide. Georgia will get $8,010,341 for emergency response, which goes toward things such as vaccination campaigns, reducing exposure and
investigations into outbreaks.

Another $2,768,199 can be used to ensure that hospitals are ready for future outbreaks.

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