Texas prepared for swine flu

August 24, 2009 9:37:19 AM PDT
As Texas schoolchildren head back to class, state officials are urging commonsense precautions but say they are prepared for an outbreak of swine flu. Gov. Rick Perry said Monday in San Antonio that the state has 2.5 million courses of anti-viral medication on hand and has requested 800,000 more.

The vaccine for swine flu won't be available until October, but health officials are recommending that people get both the swine flu and season flu vaccines this year.

Despite the added precautions, Texas officials say the disease does not appear to be any more dangerous than seasonal flu. They are suggesting people take commonsense steps like washing their hands and staying home when they're sick.

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