THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 24, 2009
President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for H1N1 Flu
In keeping with the administration’s proactive approach to H1N1 Flu, President Obama last night signed a proclamation declaring 2009-H1N1 Influenza a national emergency. The proclamation enhances the ability of our Nation’s medical treatment facilities to handle a surge in H1N1 patients by allowing, as needed, the waiver of certain standard federal requirements on a case-by-case basis. A copy of the proclamation and the accompanying message to Congress are attached.
The foundation of our national approach to the H1N1 flu has been preparedness at all levels — personal, business, and government — and this proclamation helps that effort by advancing our overall response capability.
Please check Flu.gov for the most up-to-date news on H1N1, preparedness, and vaccine distribution.