Take Two for February 25, 2013

What sequestration could mean for California's public health system

Aggressive Flu Strain Arrives Early And Spreads Rapidly Through U.S.

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A woman walks out of the Premier Care walk-in health clinic which administers flu shots on January 10, 2013 in New York City. The Flu season has hit parts of the country particularly hard this year with Boston declaring a public health emergency and a Pennsylvania hospital constructing a tent to handle excess flu cases.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 22,048 flu cases have been reported from September 30 through the end of 2012.

If sequestration cuts take effect this Friday, California stands to lose about $16 million marked for public health spending.

Joining us to explain where those cuts would come from and what effect they could have on California’s public health, is Dr. Kavita Patel. She’s an adjunct professor at UCLA and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.  
 


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