We haven't heard much from Laurie Garrett lately, but she's recently been in Texas: Expert predicts bird flu will reach US in 3-6 months.
A leading expert on disease prevention believes the bird flu will reach North America within three to six months, and she says the government's response plan is not adequate.
Monday afternoon, Laurie Garrett spoke to students and faculty at Lamar University.
She says until last summer, many government leaders hadn't talked about the possibility of an outbreak.
While most cases of bird flu in humans result from contact with infected poultry, Garrett says it's possible the virus could one day spread rapidly among humans.
One part of the government's response plan includes stockpiling vaccines.
"Unless you're operating under the assumption that we're going to be very lucky and human to human form of this bird flu will not emerge for several years, a plan that's based on stockpile vaccines will fail," said Garrett.
"We won't have effective vaccines for the American people any time soon."