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Washington Preparing for Flu Season Early

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Washington state is already gearing up for flu season, which health experts say could include a return of the swine flu.

Governor Chris Gregoire has just authorized $700,000 dollars of the state's emergency funds to go towards flu supplies for the fall.  This money will go to buy additional anti-viral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza.

State Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky, says she doesn't know how bad  this next flu season will be, but says we're not done with swine flu yet.  The World Health Organization recently declared it a pandemic, the first global flu outbreak in more than 40 years.

This all comes just days after a Tri-Citian was confirmed to have the H1N1 virus.  The person is being hospitalized outside of the area.

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