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County Health Workers Brace for Swine Flu

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Kennewick, WA- As children get ready to return to school, Mid Columbia health workers are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.

The Benton Franklin County Health Department says it expects the swine flu will spread as the school year begins.

The state health department says a vaccine will be ready by October, but county health director Dr. Larry Jecha says he doesn't know yet how much H1N1 vaccine will be shipped to the Mid Columbia.

"If we get the vaccine early, and it looks like we will," Jecha says, "we're probably going to have a bigger push in September (to vaccinate school children) than we ever have before."

 Unlike other flues, which target older people, the majority of swine flu cases have been younger people under 25.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this age group, and pregnant woman will get top priority when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available.