Health officials learn more about swine flu from around the globe - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/09

Health officials learn more about swine flu from around the globe

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New information comes Monday from the Journal of Pediatrics, officials are learning more from the other side of the globe where flu season is winding down.  For one, that swine flu could be much more serious than just coughing, body aches and a few days off from school or work, especially when it comes to young children.  Also, that pumping oxygen into the blood of swine flu patients appears to help their survival.

Meanwhile, as the H1N1 vaccine is distributed in this country, there's a new debate stirring, that while the government is encouraging health care workers to get vaccinated, some facilities instead are requiring it. "If you can't persuade physicians to get this vaccine voluntarily, what kind of message does that send to the public?" said George Annas, Ph.D., with Boston University, School of Public Health.

Officials at Covenant and UMC both say they expect to get their first batch of H1N1 vaccine sometime this week.

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