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New H1N1 death possible in state

This article was published October 22, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

A child in central Arkansas most is most likely the latest person to die from complications of the H1N1 virus, according to an official.

A 10-year-old girl from Alexander died at Arkansas Children's Hospital after testing positive for the virus, Pulaski County Coroner Garland L. Camper confirmed.

It was not known if the swine flu was the cause of her death or a contributing factor.

The girl was a 4th grader at Ringgold Elementary in Benton.

The state Health Department confirms 11 deaths from the swine flu this flu season so far.

The department has released its schedule for mass flu clinics across the state, which will take place in all 75 counties.

. At the Mass Flu Clinics on October 29, 30, 31, the department will administer the vaccine for the seasonal flu for the general public. The H1N1 vaccine will be available only for pregnant women and children ages 6 months to 4 years until supplies run out.

The priority groups are include pregnant women, children ages 6 months to 24 years, health care workers and emergency medical responders, people caring for infants under 6 months of age, and people ages 25-64 years with underlying health conditions (like asthma and diabetes).

School vaccination clinics, which started this month and go through December, will provide the vaccine for kindergartners through high school seniors and any member of the school staff who is pregnant.


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