77th Annual Meeting

SUPPORT FOR RESPONSE TO H1N1 INFLUENZA

WHEREAS, as of May 27, 2009, cases of H1N1 influenza have been documented in 48 states, with 11 deaths and;

WHEREAS, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)have warned that, in previous pandemics, the virus has co mein several waves, diminishing in virulence over the summer and coming back in a mutated, more severe strain in the fall; and

WHEREAS, federal officials have announced plans to procure a vaccine for H1N1, which will take three to six months to produce for the entire U.S. population; and

WHEREAS, vaccination of large numbers of people, monitoring for adverse effects of the vaccine, and keeping track of who has received the vaccine are enormous tasks that will fall to city health departments; and

WHEREAS, the response will also include organizing medical care and other community resources, managing community-wide response efforts, and implementing broader scale measures to mitigate the spread of the virus; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors calls on the President and the Congress to provide the necessary resources for local health departments to respond to the epidemic of H1N1 influenza.