Swine Flu Blamed for Deaths of 19 Children

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The number of children dying from the swine flu has reached disturbing heights.

The H1N1 virus is blamed for the deaths of 19 children over the past week. That's a total of 76 overall -- about as many as usually die in a full flu season ending in May.

The American Medical Association is scheduled to release its own report on Monday on how to handle a massive influx of patients, if the virus runs out of control.

Still some parents are skeptical about the vaccine.

However, a top health official says the risks from not getting the swine flu vaccine are greater than any potential risks associated with it.

"We are seeing this increase in disease, including deaths," said the Centers for Disease Control's Dr. Anne Schuchat. "And I think people should take advantage of the vaccine when it's available to them."

Unlike the usual seasonal flu that doesn't hit hard till winter, swine flu has already made its way through all 50 states.

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