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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Executive Order to Combat the Spread of the H1N1 Virus

Announces California Received First Shipment of H1N1 Vaccine

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued Executive Order S-22-09 (EO) to support and facilitate California’s aggressive approach to addressing the spread of the H1N1 flu virus also known as the swine flu. The Governor’s EO ensures the state has the flexibility to respond to a potential flu crisis by renewing the ability for departments to cut through contracting red tape to obtain goods and services to fight the spread of the H1N1 virus. With the EO, the state will be able to acquire services faster such as medical staff for state facilities and transportation of H1N1 vaccine and goods such as hand sanitizer and paper masks.

The Governor also announced today that California has received its first statewide shipment of the H1N1 vaccine from the federal government. Vaccination is the most effective prevention measure from the virus. These initial doses are targeted at children, and many more doses will be arriving in the days and weeks ahead. The state’s health officials expect there will eventually be enough vaccine for all Californians in the CDC priority groups.

State public health and emergency response officials have been planning for the further escalation of the disease and the distribution of vaccines. This includes expanding surveillance to detect increased pandemic activity, continuing development of clear guidelines for the public, working with local health departments to ensure health care facilities can respond to a surge in the need for patient care, and strengthening communication lines with medical providers and the public to get out information. The federal government has begun distributing H1N1 vaccines to California and CDPH continues to work with federal and local partners on California’s vaccination program.

EXECUTIVE ORDER S-22-09

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