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Swine Flu Shots Available To All

Shasta County health officials say enough swine flu vaccine has arrived in the county that it can now be offered to all residents.

Up to now, vaccines against the H1N1 virus have been limited to populations most at risk. Swine flu usually isn’t life-threatening, but it can be deadly for people who already are in fragile health. One person has died from it so far in Shasta County.

To get the vaccine, contact your health care provider or visit one of the two FREE public clinics coming up later in the month. The clinics will be 4-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Mt. Shasta Mall, and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the John Beaudet Senior Center in Shasta Lake. Frail elderly and those with chronic diseases can call their nearest county Public Health office and make an appointment.

Federal officials estimate that 10,000 Americans have died from swine flu since April. For more on the national situation, click here.

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