Doctors say enough Alaskans getting flu vaccines

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Doctors say not enough Alaskans are getting an annual flu shot.

KTUU ( says there been nearly 200 reported cases in Alaska of the swine flu strain, or H1N1.

There have been no reported deaths from the flu in Alaska. State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin says doctors and hospitals have been required to report only deaths among children, however.

This week, Alaska state health officials have begun tracking adults who die from the flu.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more young and middle-aged adults are getting respiratory infection because of the flu, and doctors urge people to get a yearly vaccination.


Information from: KTUU-TV,

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