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Thu August 6, 2009
Kentucky Schools Ready for H1N1
By Angela Hatton
Murray, KY – As Kentucky's schools start their fall sessions, health officials say districts are prepared to deal with the H-1-N-1 virus. State Public Health Commissioner Doctor William Hacker says the virus has so far affected school-age children more often than older adults.
"So the schools are anticipating more cases because we already have a head steam with cases continuing through the summer, especially at summer camps. And therefore, while we don't know exactly what's going to happen, we're trying to make sure everyone gets ready."
Hacker says the health departments have sent letters with H-1-N-1 information to all Kentucky's superintendents. Officials are also preparing for a statewide vaccination campaign as soon as a vaccine becomes available. September third, Governor Steve Beshear will hold a Pandemic Influenza Summit in Frankfort to outline Kentucky's flu preparedness.