July 22, 2009

Who should get 1st swine flu vaccine?

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As news emerges that government inspectors contracted swine flu while visiting a pig farm, Canada’s First Nations are arguing that they should be first in line for swine flu vaccine. With First Nations from around Canada meeting in Calgary, the Calgary Herald’s coverage by Michelle Lang and Deborah Tetley notes that swine flu has been “particularly tough some First Nations communities,” with natives accounting for two of the three swine flu deaths so far in Alberta. The inspectors who were infected took off facemasks when the equipment fogged up inside a hog barn, Lang reports.

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