A discussion took place in North Haven on Tuesday morning on how they can locally and nationally combat the flu epidemic.
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According to the Connecticut Department Of Public Health, the flu remains widespread throughout the state. Nearly 80 people have died in Connecticut, including two children.
DeLauro says The Department of Health and Human Services needs to do more to combat the epidemic.
“I’ve asked them to accelerate, to use their authority to accelerate a universal flu vaccine and faster acting anti-viral medicines. I’ve also asked them to increase their stock pile of the generic Tamiflu to drive down costs and insure there are no shortages for the treatment,” said DeLauro.
DeLauro’s bill would provide $5 billion to the Public Health Emergency Fund, which currently holds $57,000.