Virginia Health Officials Think Reported Swine Flu Illness Has Plateaued

October 29, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials say the
percentage of visits to emergency departments and urgent-care
centers for influenza-related illness has plateaued and mirrors
what's going on in the rest of the country.

State health commissioner Dr. Karen Remley said on Thursday that
patients reporting swine flu-related symptoms make up about 14
percent of emergency-room and urgent-care medical visits. Twelve
people have died statewide from influenza-related problems.

Meantime, a vaccine shortage continues. Remley said 598,000
doses have been received or are on the way to the state. School-age
children are being targeted for immunization in more than 300
clinics in private and public schools, but several clinics have had
to be postponed because of the lack of vaccine.

Health officials are continuing to stress that healthy people
allow children, pregnant women and those with underlying health
conditions first crack at vaccines when they become available.

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