MONTGOMERY, Ala. –
(AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is preparing for the largest vaccination program in state history.
The health department says the H1N1 virus, often called swine
flu, is likely to surge again and could double the number of
flu-related deaths this season.
The state should start receiving doses of the swine flu vaccine
in the fall and should eventually have enough to give everyone two
State Health Officer Don Williamson said schools will play a big
role in containing the virus.
Williamson said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
in Atlanta has issued new guidelines for closing schools.
Those guidelines say schools should stay open unless a large
number of students become ill or if there are a large number
particularly at risk for complications.
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