The Illinois Department of Public Health will receive a total grant of $11.5 million from the federal government to curb spreading of the H1N1 virus.
The grant money, which will be given to local health departments throughout the state, must be used very specifically, said Melaney Arnold, the Illinois Department of Public Health's communications manager.
"There is a grant agreement to which every health department must follow," Arnold said. "The money will come in three waves. The first is for planning, the second is to finalize planning, and the third is for implementation."
The grant money will be disbursed to every county in the state based on population, Arnold said.
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