June 17, 2009
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for the possibility of turning schools into swine flu vaccine clinics this fall.
[efoods]“If you think about vaccinating kids, schools are the logical place,” Sebelius told The Associated Press.
Last week the World Health Organization formally declared the swine flu a pandemic, meaning it is now spreading throughout the world unchecked.
The U.S. has not made a formal decision on how to vaccinate millions of Americans against the flu, although money is being poured into developing a vaccine for the strain.
Currently the swine flu doesn’t appear to be any more harmful than regular flu, which kills 36,000 Americans each year, although scientists do fear that the strain has the potential to develop into a much more serious flu.
According to the WHO, nearly half of the 160 people who have died from swine flu have been young and healthy.