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Confirmation of 3 swine flu deaths prompts new pleas from Chattanooga health officials for public to take shots

Staff Report • Oct 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

After three confirmed swine flu-related deaths in Hamilton County, local health officials are renewing their plea with the public to be treated with the new H1N1 vaccine.

So far the H1N1 virus has killed three people -- ages 27, 51 and 77 -- in Hamilton County, according to records released this week by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

The health department is not reporting whether those who have died in the county from H1N1 had pre-existing conditions, because that cannot always be determined, health department administrator Becky Barnes said. She said that information could impart a false sense of security for people who consider themselves healthy and not at risk for flu.

Read the full report at the Chattanooga Times Free Press' Web site.

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