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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bay Area Health Community Asks People to Prepare for Potential Anthrax Attack

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM

We don't want whatever it is you have
  • We don't want whatever it is you have

Bay Area disaster planners need you to cooperate on Wednesday, not because there will be a disaster -- or one that we know of. They need you to participate in a test on a Web site created specifically to screen the masses just in case there is an anthrax attack.

Why? Because in the event of a panic-inducing outbreak, all Bay Area residents would need to get medicine -- fast.

To make that happen, health departments have formed the Bay Area Mass Prophylaxis Working Group (prophylaxis, as in "the preventing of a disease") to coordinate ways to ensure the entire population has access to the right emergency meds.


Here is how it works: You screen yourself online via a

simple questionnaire that will list your medication

allergies, whether you are prone to seizures, or whether you are pregnant. Or maybe it's relevant they know you are a Christian Scientist.

This information helps health authorities know what medications to distribute and what dosage to give people in the event of an outbreak. Tomorrow, the group will be testing whether its Web site can handle massive amounts of users simultaneously.

The group is asking everyone to fill out the screening survey

at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., or 4 p.m.

Then

print out your results, and take comfort in knowing that you are now prepared for the worst.

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