The Jackson County Health Department provided flu shots to SIUC staff members and their families. Linda Akins, a Jackson County Health Department nursing secretary, said by 3:30 p.m. almost 750 people received the vaccination, and the clinic expected to run out before the day's end.
Angie Bailey, director of health education at the Jackson County Health Department, said the department has seen a number of flu cases, but have been instructed to treat any flu symptoms as H1N1.
Because the only tests confirming the H1N1 strain are done after hospitalization and the symptoms of both H1N1 and the seasonal flu are so similar, she could not say how many people in the area have been sick with each string of the flu.
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