Saturday, September 5, 2009

Maine Governor Proclaims Civil Emergency

The Bangor Daily News reported on September 2, 2009 that Maine Governor John Baldacci has declared a state-wide civil emergency.

The stated reason for the emergency designation, according to the article, is that it shields the state school system and health care providers from liability claims that could arise from vaccine clinics based out of the public schools this fall to deal with both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 Swine flu.

“Maine has been proactive in its response to this new flu,”
Baldacci said in announcing the proclamation, “But as the school year begins, we must continue our vigilance, which will require a responsible and aggressive vaccination and public education campaign."

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