Government experts are estimating that 40% of the U.S. work force will be off the job in the event of a bird flu pandemic and that is leading government officials to plan for a worst case scenario.
One step is to create a bird flu vaccine. A San Diego company says it has a vaccine that works in mice and ferrets. All they need to do now is test it in humans. Here's something lucky. In those animals, the vaccine also provided protection against two strains of human influenza and researchers are hoping that means it could be possible to have one bird flu vaccine that could protect against several versions of the flu.
Meanwhile, government officials announced Tuesday that they will release a pandemic national response plan tomorrow at the White House.