I’ve been glued to Twitter and the news of late trying to keep up with the Swine Flu outbreak as it unfolds real time. I have not yet posted anything related to the Swine Flu myself, because honestly, I am not sure how to predict what is going to happen. I don’t think anyone really does.

The Obama administration is currently faced with some really tough decisions, and to some extent a really classic public health problem. How do you deal with the Swine Flu epidemic when you don’t know what is going to happen and you will be judged for over reacting if it turns out to be mild but under reacting if this thing really does become the next 1918. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

I got an email this morning with this really great historical piece authored by Richard Neustadt and Harvey Fineberg back in the late 1970s. It is funny to see Dean Fineberg listed as an Assistant Professor. But it documents the response to the Swine Flu in the late 1970s. Due to the current situation, I thought many people might want to read this so have loaded it to my website, perhaps breaking some distribution laws, but I’ll risk it.

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