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Background briefing for media on novel H1N1 flu

Tue, Aug 25th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota


Background briefing on novel H1N1, including recent developments, current concerns, anticipated issues and challenges if a second wave of illness occurs in the fall, and preparations for the possibility of a major pandemic involving severe illness.


Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:00 a.m. to noon; Red River Room, MDH/Snelling Office Park, St. Paul. Directions are at:

Participation via Webinar:

If you are unable to attend in person, register for webinar participation at

Only your name and e-mail address will be required for registration. Once you are registered, you will receive an e-mail with instructions, including (1) a link to the Web site where you will log on for the webinar, and (2) a conference call phone number, where you will be able to hear the presentations and ask questions. You can also submit written questions using the webinar tool. The Web site is optimized for Internet Explorer.

Tentative agenda:

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Overview of Current Situation & Outlook for the Fall

Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota State Epidemiologist

Vaccine Issues

Kristen Ehresmann; Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention & Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health

Public Health Response Planning for Novel H1N1

John Linc Stine, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health

Novel H1N1 Flu and the Emergency Response System

Kevin Leuer, Director, Preparedness Branch, Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

General Comments About H1N1 and Public Information

MDH Communications Staff

Also available for questions:

Cathy Hockert, Director, Continuity of Government Planning, Minnesota Management and Budget; Christine DuFour, Minnesota Department of Education

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