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Colleges brace for spread of swine flu this fall

August 11, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control decided recently to include 19- to 24-year-olds (about 24 million additional Americans) in the first-priority group for the H1N1 vaccine, which will most likely become available in mid-October. Many of the worst cases have struck this age group, and college students are especially susceptible since they live, learn, and socialize in congested settings.

Coming up with a plan to administer the vaccine is now at the top of many to-do lists. With the CDC estimating a 40 percent attack rate over the next two years, students could inundate campus health centers.

Also, as the start of fall term approaches, university physicians are watching what's happening in the Southern hemisphere because "that's where the next wave of flu will come in," says Dr. David Rosenthal, the director of Harvard's university health services.

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