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H1N1 inspires bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama declared a national emergency to help streamline reaction to the H1N1 outbreak, and Sunday, Republicans and Democrats said if he needs extra funding to help stop the spread of H1N1, he'll get it.

"If they need anything additionally from Congress, I know we'll be happy to provide it, on a totally bipartisan basis."  Said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The swine flu outbreak is more prevalent than ever. Health officials say more than 1,000 people in the U.S., including almost 100 children have died after getting the H1N1 virus.

46 states, including Wisconsin, now report widespread flu activity, which is very rare for this time of year.

There is a major vaccine shortage.  The government had hoped 120 million doses would be available by mid-October, but so far only 11 million doses have shipped.  Dane County says its vaccine supply will be exhausted by Monday.  Pre-planned clinics have been cancelled until further notice.


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