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Media Advisory: Influenza Pandemic Topic of Satellite Broadcast by UAlbany School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Preparedness

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 10, 2006)

An influenza pandemic will present health professionals, political leaders and ordinary citizens with terrible challenges. Many, in positions of leadership, must prepare to deal with ethical issues in advance while others will only begin to grapple with these questions when a crisis is imminent. Dr. Harvey Kayman of the University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness will present some of these issues, help define an ethical framework for decision-making, and explore the ethical principles that might be applied to a moral course of action.

Thursday, May 11, 2006: 10-11:30 a.m., satellite broadcast
Noon-1:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion

Harvey Kayman, M.D., Ph.D., University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, and public health representative to the South Carolina Medical Association Ethics Committee. "Ethical Hazards in Pandemic Flu Planning and Response"

Roundtable discussion: George Education Center Auditorium, School of Public Health, University at Albany, One University Place, Rensselaer, N.Y.

The Satellite Broadcast can be viewed via webstream at the Center for Public Health Preparedness Event Detail website. The program will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2006. The roundtable discussion is open to the public.

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