Briefings.

It was reported today that 3 more Massachusetts residents died as a result of the swine flu; a 53 year old, a 20 year old and a 21 year old.  The Boston Globe has said they all had “serious underlying health conditions,” but the deaths of such young adults have me alarmed.

“The virus has proven especially dangerous to people already coping with respiratory ailments such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and conditions that impair the body’s ability to fight invading germs. And as the deaths of the 20- and 21-year-olds demonstrate, the germ known by the scientific name H1N1 has also proven to be a particular threat to young adults, as well as children.

A federal advisory panel yesterday recommended that children and young adults be among the groups that are at the top of the list to receive a vaccine against swine flu, which could be available as early as October.”

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