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Soldiers Get Mass Swine Flu Shots Before Holidays

Friday, 11 Dec 2009 12:51 PM

 

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FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Thousands of Army recruits in training are having to line up before heading home for the holidays _ for mass inoculations against swine flu.

Hundreds at a time are getting the shots at bases including the Army's largest training camp, Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

Officials want to finish before releasing more than 40,000 soldiers in advanced and basic training across the country over the next two weeks.

Army doctor Maj. Soo Hee Kim-Delio says Fort Jackson started about two weeks ago. It expects to vaccinate as many as 9,000 soldiers by the end of this week and another 2,000 by the middle of next week.

The Department of Defense wants to deliver 2.7 million doses of swine flu vaccine to military personnel around the globe before the end of the year, a department spokesman said.

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