12 Illinoisians Dead from H1N1 This Week

48 people have died since April

By BJ Lutz and Associated Press
|  Friday, Nov 13, 2009  |  Updated 4:30 PM CDT
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Three-year-old Clayton Mathiason of Omaha, Neb. reacts after he received a dose of Swine Flu vaccine via nasal spray, at Physician's Clinic, affiliated with Omaha's Methodist Health System, in Omaha,

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Illinois is reporting 12 new deaths and 368 new hospitalizations from swine flu this week.

Friday's update brings to 48 the number of Illinois swine flu deaths since April. Nearly 1,400 Illinois residents have been hospitalized since the global epidemic began.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said some health departments have enough nasal spray vaccine, but still need injectable vaccine.  The amount of available doses can vary wildly by county, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The state is helping coordinate the transfer of unused nasal spray vaccine to areas where it can be used.

More than 1.2 million doses of vaccine have been shipped to Illinois. County health departments have most of them.

The state also is ordering vaccine for doctors serving patients most at risk for complications.

Illinois Department of Public Health: H1N1 Flu
Google Maps:  Find the H1N1 Vaccine

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