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State health officials hope to expand H1N1 vaccine groups soon

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin health officials say they are constantly monitoring the supply of H1N1 vaccine and hope to expand the eligible vaccine groups as soon as possible. 

Earlier this week, the Department of Health Services issued recommendations to expand those groups to include healthy school aged children and young adults, giving health care providers more flexibility to vaccinate according to the CDC's original target group.  

As of Wednesday, Wisconsin has been allocated 1,129,500 doses and the CDC indicates more than 938,000 of those have been shipped to providers.

You can find clinics in your area by calling 211 or clicking here to link to http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov

Additionally, health officials say swine flu activity peaked in late October, but remains widespread in all of the state's 72 counties. There is no indication right now that the H1N1 virus has changed or is more severe than in the spring. But activity is expected to continue through the season and another wave of cases could occur.

Since DHS's last report issued on November 18, there have been three new confirmed H1N1-related deaths in Dane, Menominee and Washington counties, bringing the H1N1-related death total to 34 statewide since spring. 

Online reporting by Wendy Hathaway

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