Today in my workshop on Intro to Moodle to Languages Other Than English teachers, one of my selling points for creating, learning and teaching in virtual learning spaces was, “What if the swine flu or something else hits us this year and we have to teach our children?”

Thanks to Mark Kerr ( for sharing:

Beginning this fall, the H1N1 is expected to impact libraries, preK-12 schools, colleges, businesses, churches and synagogues, sporting events, professional conferences, nurses and other healthcare providers, and many other aspects of public life.

The vaccine may be in limited supply, and the CDC wants public input.

Input? You bet we have input! Here’s the official announcement:

WebDialogue: H1N1 Public Engagement Dialogue
* Make Your Voice Heard on the H1N1 Pandemic Flu Vaccine *

In July, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced that the federal government expects to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. The CDC will help state and local health organizations develop the vaccination program and are working to decide the scope of the program for vaccinating Americans against the novel H1N1 pandemic influenza virus.

The CDC is asking for public discussion, deliberation, and input as the agency considers whether to simply make vaccines available to those seeking immunization, to promote vaccination to those most at risk, or to implement a widespread immunization program.

Space is limited, so register early. Two WebDialoges are available, and both dialogues will follow the same agenda. Each WebDialogue will take place over two days. Participants can enter messages at any time during the day and night. Facilitators will guide the conversations, and subject matter experts will clarify information.

* Make your voice heard on a decision facing Americans about the H1N1 vaccine *

WebDialogue: “H1N1 Public Engagement Dialogue”
Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Keystone Center, and WestEd

Interested members of the general public. No prior knowledge of H1N1 or flu is necessary.

Online at:

Two opportunities to participate:

Wednesday and Thursday, August 26 and 27, 2009

Monday and Tuesday, August 31 and September 1, 2009

Visit the following link to select from two dialogues, then register:

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