State Reports Four New Deaths from H1N1

Health Department says 83 people have died from virus

Illinois health officials are reporting four new deaths and 77 new hospitalizations from swine flu.

Thursday's update brings the total number of Illinois deaths from the virus to 83. More than 2,600 Illinoisans have been hospitalized since the start of the global epidemic last spring.

The Illinois Department of Public Health updates its swine flu figures each week. The state's swine flu activity peaked in the fall, but officials are worried about a new wave of illnesses in the new year.

Swine flu vaccine is available at public health departments, retail pharmacies and doctor's offices. More than 3.2 million doses have been shipped to Illinois.

A study in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine finds that if someone in your home has swine flu, your odds of catching it are about one in eight.

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