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Swine Flu Vaccination Plan

June 29th, 2009 by flanews

The state is considering a plan to vaccinate thousands, or possibly millions, of Floridians against the swine flu virus.

Florida has 941 confirmed cases of swine flu and two deaths from the illness. The deaths include a 9 year old boy and a 30 year old woman. Both victims were suffering from other illnesses at the time of their deaths. Despite the growing number of cases, Floridas Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros said swine flu hasnt been a major problem in the state, but shes not taking any chances.

The disease continues to be mild in its severity in the majority of the cases. At the national level we are looking at whats happening in the rest of the states as well as whats happening internationally and getting ready for a max vaccination campaign in the fall or winter. It still hasnt been determined exactly how that will proceed, but we are working very closely with our partners on the national level, said Viamonte Ros.

If the state moves forward with a mass vaccination plan, schools would be used as health clinics to administer the shots. Nationwide more than a million people have contracted the disease and 127 people have died from swine flu. The seasonal flu kills an estimated 36,000 people every year.

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