Ill. officials report modest increase in swine flu

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Illinois health officials have started planning for a massive vaccine campaign this fall that could target both seasonal and swine flu.

Illinois health officials have started planning for a massive vaccine campaign this fall that could target both seasonal and swine flu. Dr. Damon Arnold, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Friday the state is applying for a share of $350 million in federal grants to help states prepare for the vaccine drive. Arnold says it’s not clear how much money Illinois will receive. No final decision has been made on whether to vaccinate Americans for swine flu. But Arnold says he plans to stress seasonal flu shots more than ever to prevent illness and ease the burden on hospitals and workplaces. Since April, Illinois has seen more than 3,200 probable and confirmed cases of swine flu. There have been 14 deaths in the state from the virus. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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