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U.S. launches H1N1 vaccine administration

Emergency Management Alert, October 6, 2009

Healthcare workers in some states will receive their first dose of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine this week, reports the Washington Post.

The federal government spent $2 billion to purchase about 250 million doses. The first to receive vaccinations include pregnant women, those caring for babies younger than six months, adults with underlying conditions, and everyone six months to 24 years old. However, a recent survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found that only 40% of Americans were sure they would get the vaccine.

Though experts predict most people will suffer mild illness, they also expect hospitals will see a rise in flu-stricken patients in need of hospitalization.

Source: The Washington Post.

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