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The H1N1 virus — "swine flu" — just won’t quit. This summer, it’s sickened people all over the place: kids at camp, Senate pages in Washington, Navy crewmembers aboard ships.
The world death toll is 1,100 and rising. This fall U.S. officials fear a second surge -- with as many as 40 percent of Americans sickened.
The race is on to produce the 150 million doses experts say are needed. And they're wrestling with thorny questions, again, about closing schools — and just how big a threat the virus really is.
This hour, On Point: Gearing up for swine flu’s fall comeback, from Washington to your home town.
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From Nashville we're joined by Dr. William Schaffner, professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and chair of its Department of Prentative Medicine. He's an expert on the use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations.
And from Baltimore we're joined by Dr. Eric Toner, senior associate with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Biosecurity. He’s a physician trained in internal and emergency medicine and an expert on pandemic influenza response and hospital preparedness.
"Inside the Fight Against a Flu Pandemic" — Time magazine's Michael Scherer reports on the preparations and debates going on now as the government readies for a new outbreak. And Time's Bryan Walsh looks at "five burning questions" remaining to be answered about swine flu, including how deadly the H1N1 virus really is.
This program aired on August 6, 2009.
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