Doctor: Swine Flu 'Emergency' No Reason to Panic

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Even as President Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency over the weekend, some are saying the 'emergency' is still no reason to panic.

"As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic," Obama wrote in Saturday's declaration.

Health officials say more than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died from the H1N1 virus, including nearly 100 children. So far, 46 states have reported H1N1 as widespread, and 20,000 hospitalizations have been confirmed.

The president's declaration has many lining up to get the swine flu vaccine - especially those with children.

"I had H1N1," one parent said. "And for about two and a half weeks I was sick - very sick - and I just don't want them to get it."

A 'Preemptive' Move

Dr. Peter Hotez is a research professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University. He suggested the public shouldn't let the use of the term 'emergency' to cause them to panic.

"I think the term emergency declaration sounds more dramatic than it really is," he said. "It's largely an administrative move that's more preemptive ..."

He explained that such a move would provide emergency rooms and hospitals the flexibility they need.

Meanwhile, the government insists that everyone who wants to get the vaccine will be able to get it.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line."

More of the vaccine is expected to be delivered in November and December.

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