President Obama Declares a National Emergency

Saturday, October 24 President Obama signed a national emergency declaration for the H1N1 flu pandemic. What does this all mean? With more than 20,000 Americans hospitalized last week, this declaration gives greater flexibility to hospitals and nursing homes to care for an unusual influx of patients. In general public health officials have praised this move. You can find a wealth of information on the flu at

PositiveTip: When possible stay away from crowds, wash you hands frequently, avoid rubbing you eyes and nose, get plenty of rest, and eat healthfully–to help ward off the virus.