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The United States government plans to stockpile vaccines, limit international and domestic flights, quarantine those who become ill and bring in the military to maintain order if a flu pandemic strikes the country.
The federal government's $7.1 billion national plan released Wednesday, however, doesn't call for a closure of its borders if a pandemic such as the feared human bird flu strain developed.
The government said a super-strain influenza pandemic would cause massive disruptions that would last for months, and states, cities and businesses must make plans now to keep functioning -- and not count on federal aid.