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Swine Flu Declining But Minorities Still Vulnerable

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Dr. Gil Chavez with the California Department of Public Health says swine flu is no longer widespread in the state.
"That second wave is what is now subsiding, the question now is will we have a third wave?"
Chavez says about half of Californians are still at risk of getting the H1N1 virus. He says particularly Latinos and African Americans - they're two to three times more likely to be hospitalized or die from swine flu. But he says vaccines can help.
"We truly believe if we are able to maximize vaccinating the communities in California over the next couple of months that we will in fact preempt a third wave of H1N1."
Chavez says to reach that goal providers are bringing vaccines to low-income areas and to migrant farm workers in the fields.
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