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Swine Flu Update

July 30th, 2009 by flanews

Eight more people have died from the H1N1 Swine Flu virus here in Florida.

Four of the victims were in their forties. One was a child. The deaths bring the total number of swine flu fatalities in Florida to 31. The state is preparing for an even deadlier winter. Dr. Russ Eggert, an epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health, said the state is still working out the details of its plan to vaccinate millions this fall.

We are talking about potential barriers for a vaccine campaign, and what we need to do to try to overcome those barriers, reach out to our partners and stakeholders to help us. We cant do it all by ourselves in the health department and obviously help from lots of partners to reach out to our populations and make sure they are vaccinated, said Eggert.

The vaccine is expected to be available in large quantities this fall. The state could utilize schools to help administer the doses.

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