12:53pm

Mon September 28, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Will Receive First Shipments of Swine Flu Vaccine Soon

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - State Health Officer Don Williamson says
the first doses of swine flu vaccine should begin arriving in
Alabama by the end of this week and adequate supplies are expected
to be available by the end of October.
Williamson said at a news conference Monday the state continues
to see an elevated number of influenze-like illnesses.
Williamson said 10 percent of patients at doctor's offices are
reporting flu-like symptoms and that about 5 percent of school
children are missing class because of the flu.
Eight deaths in Alabama have been attributed to the swine flu.
State health officials are manning a toll free influenza hot
line - 877-377-7285 - from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
to answer questions about the flu.