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Dr. Joel McCullough answers your Swine Flu questions

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Concerns over the H1N1 Virus are once again rising as flu season approaches and students return to school.

Today at 5 p.m., Spokane Regional Health District Officer Dr. Joel McCollough will host a live chat on KHQ.com to answer your questions about Swine Flu.

To sign up for an email reminder about the chat, click here.

Scientists: Swine Flu could be deadly for 90,000 people

As schools reopen, federal health officials responded to the first specific predictions of the impact of swine flu.

"The next few weeks and months will likely be a very challenging time," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC in Atlanta.

Scientists advising the president say a plausible scenario has swine flu infecting up to half the U.S. population.

For as many as 90,000 people, more than double the normal flu season toll, the H1N1 strain could be fatal. Deaths are concentrated among children and young adults.

The virus has claimed the lives of more than 500 Americans so far.

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