South Carolina brace for school and swine flu

With the swine flu virus hanging on through the heat of summer, health officials are preparing for a spike of cases after schools open in August and for the possibility of providing immunizations through the schools in the fall.

State health officials met with school nurses this week to lock down strategies for slowing the spread of the H1N1 virus.

A federal committee meeting Wednesday in Atlanta set priorities for those who will get shots first when a swine flu vaccine is available, probably in late October. Children six months through age 18 made the priority list - along with pregnant women, health care workers, non-elderly adults with high-risk medical conditions and young adults ages 19-24.

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