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Child dies from swine flu in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - Another child with the H1N1 virus has died in Hawaii.  

State health officials say a five year old boy from American Samoa passed away this week after flying to Honolulu for emergency treatment.  He was being treated at Kapiolani Medical Center for about a month.  State doctor's say even aggressive treatment could not save him.

The state says 11 people have died from swine flu in Hawaii but the boy will not be included in that number because he caught the virus in American Samoa.

The state says more than 217,000 doses of the swine flu vaccine have been allocated to Hawaii.  The state is giving 50 doses to doctors who have not received any vaccines yet.  Those doctors can pick up the doses at various state offices.  The state also says the worst has not hit Hawaii yet.

"As far as disease activity we continue to be at a somewhat baseline to elevated type level for influenza activity so for now knock on wood we have a little breathing room," said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist.

With one week until Thanksgiving the state is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to urge people not to travel when they're sick.  They say wait at least 24 hours after your fever has broken to fly.

Posters will be up in airports reminding people to wash hands and cover coughs and sneezes.

The CDC says airlines can prevent people from flying if they display virus symptoms but they are also responsible for that person once they remove them from the plane.

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