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Poll on H1N1 suggests that public health officials battling perception problem

A recent poll suggesting that many Arizonans don't plan to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain reflects a misconception that could leave many people at risk, a state health official said Oct. 30. "Most people don't understand that the virus is very dangerous," said Dr. Karen Lewis, medical director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Immunization Program.

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Poll shows high approval rating for Sheriff Joe (access required)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a high approval rating in the most recent Cronkite/Eight poll. Sixty-one percent of Maricopa County voters said they approve or strongly approve of his job performance. Thirty-four percent disapprove or strongly disapprove. It’s one of those ...

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Arizona prepares order for swine flu vaccine

A first batch of roughly 60,000 doses of the new swine flu vaccine could arrive in Arizona next week, state health officials said Sept. 29. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble said his office is collecting orders from county health departments for submission to the federal Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. Arizona likely will get the first doses of a nasal spray vaccine from vendors sometime next week, he said.

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Factory farms create ideal breeding grounds for disease (access required)

The World Health Organization has ratcheted up the threat alert for the Swine Flu epidemic. Along with the avian flu of a decade ago, the Hong Kong flu of 1968, and the Asian flu of 1957, Swine Flu has been traced to animal waste in a factory farm. Its H1N1 type virus is nearly identical to that of the Spanish flu, which killed more than 50 million people during a two-year period in 1918-1919.

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