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Swine flu vaccinations are discussed

August 6, 2009

Douglas County residents who want full coverage against flu during the upcoming season will have to get three shots instead of the normal one.

That’s what Dan Partridge, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department told the Baldwin City Council at Monday’s meeting. Partridge was at the meeting to give the department’s annual report to the council.

Partridge was telling the council that the federal government has decided to fund vaccinations for the H1N1 flu, also known as Swine Flu. Because it’s a new strain of flu, it will take two shots for immunization, he said.

Mayor Ken Wagner asked if that would also cover regular flu and Partridge said it wouldn’t. There will be three shots needed. He also said statistically that 100 people will contract the H1N1 flu in Douglas County and five people will die if nothing is done.

He also said it’s hoped that the immunizations will be available in Baldwin City.

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