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Swine flu fears push seasonal shots to record high

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ATLANTA (AP) - People who were worried about swine flu also got seasonal shots this past flu season. And this fall, it will be easier, one shot will take care of them both.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fears of swine flu helped boost vaccination numbers for the seasonal flu shot to a record 40 percent of adults and children.

One Harvard University pollster, however, says it will take a some hard campaigning to keep up those numbers year after year. People 65 and older had the highest rate, nearly 70 percent. That age group has the highest risk for serious complications from seasonal flu.

Hawaii had the highest seasonal vaccination rate -- nearly 55 percent, but New England had the highest rate as a region. The Southeast is at the bottom of the list with four states under 36 percent.

 

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AP-NY-04-29-10 1417EDT

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