Arkansas to Have Pandemic Flu Stockpile by March '07

JULY 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A panel of doctors and ethicists are developing recommendations as to who would get antiviral medication if a flu pandemic hits.

State health officials say Arkansas will have enough anti-flu medication for about 600,000 people by next year.  The medicine will help about a quarter of the state's nearly 2,800,000 residents in case of a pandemic.  The Legislature has allocated $6 million to purchase the anti-viral medication, and the federal government has awarded $2 million in matching funds.

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