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Local swine flu cases & prevention

September 9, 2009 3:54:52 PM PDT
Students at some area colleges have come down with what might be swine flu. During the first week of school at West Chester University, eight students got sick with what could be the H1N1 swine flu virus.

The students are confirmed to have the flu. Samples have been sent to the state lab to find out if the strain is the H1N1 virus.

Action News is told all eight students are now off-campus recuperating at their parents' house.

Meanwhile, the flu also seems to be hitting Penn State University. Health officials there report more than 30 students have symptoms. They're asked to stay in their rooms or, if possible, go home.

LaSalle University officials also say two students there were sent home with flu-like symptoms.

In the meantime, five county health departments in Pennsylvania met today to discuss the H1N1 virus.

Officials spoke about how they'll confirm cases as well as how they'll get information out to the public.

They also addressed how the H1N1 vaccine will be distributed when it becomes available come mid-October.

"The most important issue is that people who need the vaccine should have it available. It may all not be here on day one; we will first immunize those people who are at highest risk," Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz said.

Doctor Schwarz also cautioned it can take about 2 to 4 weeks before your body builds immunity after getting the shot.

LINK: http://phillyhealthinfo.org/

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