September 16, 2013
A recently declassified U.S. government plan for how to react in the
face of a pandemic flu has some scary, but realistic predictions.
According to a 2009 Department of Defense plan,
if a flu pandemic strikes, about 30 percent of the U.S. population
could fall ill, with 3 million hospitalizations and 2 million deaths.
Basic services, such as medical care or essential supply deliveries,
will probably be disrupted.
In the plan, the government also says it assumes that a vaccine against a
completely new flu strain wouldn't become available for several months.
Even after that, production will ramp up slowly.