CDC reports on swine flu cases in young Chicagoans

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report focuses on high rates of swine flu among young Chicago residents.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report focuses on high rates of swine flu among young Chicago residents. The report says, because of the virus’ high attack rate among children and young adults, they should be among the first targeted for prevention, surveillance and vaccination strategies this fall. Thursday’s report is based on a Chicago Department of Public Health summary of the 1,557 H1N1 cases that occurred among city residents during April through July. Rates were highest among children 5 to 14 years old, who had 14 times higher rates than adults older than 60. Children and young adults are at a disproportionate risk for infection and hospitalization. Seven Chicagoans have died from swine flu, including two adults in their 20s but no children. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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