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Swine Flu Could Infect Half Of USA

by Laural Porter

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

That attention grabbing headline was front page news this week in USA Today.
Swine Flu or H-1-N-1 virus is set to return this fall, as children and colllege students go back to class.
Up to 90,000 people, the experts says, could die.

We wanted to know how Oregon is preparing to distribute a vaccine,handle illness in schools, and the increased numbers of patients in our hospitals.

So, we brought together a group of medical experts for this week's "Straight Talk" to tell us what is being done.
Our panel includes; the public health director for the state of Oregon, Dr. Mel Kohn; Martie Moore, the nursing chief executive for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center; and Dr. Paul Lewis, the deputy health officer for Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

They tell us when the vaccine will be ready, who will get it first, and they answer questions about how safe it is.

You'll learn more about prevention, the symptoms of Swine Flu, and when to seek medical care.

They also have advice for businesses on how they can prepare for what could be a 30 to 50 percent employee absentee rate.

Join us Saturday night at 6:30 for "Straight Talk" and leave your comments here.
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