ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials are finding more evidence that
the swine flu virus is unusually dangerous to young people.
They say 76 children in the United States have died of swine flu
-- including 19 new reports in the past week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children a year. So, if swine
flu continues to spread as it has, the deaths from it could
dramatically outpace the number of children's deaths from seasonal
CDC officials also say 10 more states -- for a total of 37 --
now have widespread swine flu.
A week ago, reports suggested that cases might be leveling off
and even falling in some areas. But that didn't turn out to be a
lasting national trend.
Vaccinations against swine flu began this week and so far,
states have ordered 3.7 million doses. Still, demand is exceeding
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