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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — As the new H1N1 flu virus keeps spreading, more vaccine is available to fight it, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Forty-eight states are reporting widespread flu activity, two more than a week ago, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said at the CDC’s weekly briefing.

There have been 114 pediatric deaths since April, when the H1N1 virus first emerged, with 19 reported to the CDC in the past week, he said.

Frieden also told reporters on Friday that in the past two months, more people younger than 65 have been hospitalized than would be expected in a full season of more common strains of flu.

He urged people with underlying illnesses who exhibit flu symptoms to seek medical attention promptly, saying that only half of the people in this high-risk group appear to be doing so.

To prevent getting H1N1, health officials continue to urge vaccination, and that might be becoming easier, Frieden said.

“We have more vaccine,” he told reporters Friday — 26.6 million doses are now available in the United States, up more than 10 million doses from a week ago.

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Afghanistan
•  Afghanistan shuts schools over swine flu (Link)

Bangladesh
•  Bangladesh reports suspected baby death of flu A/H1N1 (Link)

Canada
•  McMorris on hot seat over shipping patients to BC (Link)
•  1st death confirmed in Newfoundland (Link)
•  Alberta’s Lib Party leader calls for resignation of Health Minister over vaxx program failings (Link)

China
• 1,000 classes canceled (Link)
• China vaccinates 3.7m(Link)

Ireland
• Mass swine flu vaccination to get underway (Link)

Israel
•  Three more people infected with H1N1 flu virus die  (Link)
•  Outbreak of H1N1 at Jerusalem Children’s Hospital (Link)

Kuwait
•  Swine flu death toll rises to 19 (Link)

Romania
•  40 law students identified with swine flu at Romanian mountain hotel (Link)

Russia
• Swine Flu Broke Loose in Vladivostok  (Link)
•  Flu epidemic in Russia – publications in Russian press (Link)

South Korea
• S Korea reports 5 more death cases related to A/H1N1 (Link)

Turkey
•  MOH reports 4th death, a 27 yr old male HCW (Link)

Ukraine
•  SITUATION UPDATE (Link)
•  Defense ministry suspends recruitment of conscripts during A(H1N1) flu epidemic (Link)
•  Fourteen cases of 178,000 influenza cases registered A(H1N1) in Ukraine  (Link)
•  An open appeal to Bulgaria from Ukraine’s Embassy (Link)
•  Defense ministry suspends recruitment of conscripts during flu epidemic (Link)
•  Ukraine gripped by swine flu fears (Link)
•  WHO sends mission to Ukraine (Link)
•  Ukraine bans mass public gatherings to thwart H1N1 spread (Link)

United Kingdom
•  UK: Hospitals ‘feel swine flu strain’  (Link)
•  UK: Mass vaccination of schoolchildren to stop spread of swine flu (Link)
•  Sick Sir Elton cancels more dates (Link)
•   Two more die of swine flu in Scotland  (Link)
•  Scotland: Swine flu-related deaths rise to 29  (Link)

United States
•  Govt says swine flu vaccine catching up to demand  (Link)
•  CDC Flu Mask Decision Based on Flawed Study, Authors Say (Link)
•  US: Millions without sick leave fear swine flu (Link)
•  US: University of California/San Francisco looks for virus and H1N1 evolutionary changes  (Link)
•  AZ: Greenlee County reports 1st death from H1N1 (Link)
•  CO: Jefferson County fires one of its H1N1 officials (Link)
•  IN: Death of Evansville Nurse Possibly Linked to H1N1  (Link)
•  IN: St. Mary’s nurse dies after being admitted with flu-like symptoms (Link)
•  MA: Norwood school closed next week due to H1N1 (Link)
•  MD: 13th Marylander falls victim to H1N1 (Link)
•  MI: Businesses struggle to adjust to worker absenteeism during H1N1 outbreak  (Link)
•  PA: H1N1 deaths increase: Why is it killing otherwise healthy individuals? (Link)
•  SC: Aiken County Woman Dies From H1N1 Complications(Link)
•  WV: 58 yr old Kanawha County woman died of H1N1 (Link)

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