OLYMPIA ¾ Washington is eligible to receive $7,361,687 in federal grants as it prepares to battle both swine flu (pandemic H1N1 influenza) and seasonal flu this fall and winter.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement after hosting a summit in the Washington, D.C., area last week to plan for the upcoming flu season.
Washington's allocation includes $5,471,687 for Public Health Emergency Response. That's for work such as preparing for potential vaccination campaigns, reducing swine flu virus exposure, and improving flu monitoring and investigations. The state is also eligible for $1,890,430 for health care preparedness to help hospitals and other health care facilities plan for emergencies.