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Kids priority for H1N1 vaccine, health officials say

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Health officials are making kids the priority as they start vaccinating against the H1N1 virus next week.

On Friday, the Director of Public Health Dane County gave an update on the free clinics which will be held Monday through Friday with hopes to vaccinate kids at all 180 Dane County schools by the end of November.

Public Health officials recommend all children six months to 24 years get the vaccine as well as expecting moms and people with health risks.

So far this year, 28 people have been hospitalized with H1N1.

"Almost all the people who were hospitalized were very ill, in intensive care units and on ventilators so it can affect some people very very severely and that's the main reason why we're making this effort to vaccinate large numbers," says Dane County Director of Public Health Thomas Schlenker.

Students must have signed permission slips from their parents before getting the vaccine.

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