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Mild outbreak of swine flu reported on Maui

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) reports that a school on Maui recently had an outbreak of H1N1 or swine flu. The DOH is not releasing the name of the school, but apparently the student body includes elementary age children. The outbreak is over, according to officials, and none of the affected students required hospitalization.

DOH officials say that the outbreak serves as a reminder to the community to get vaccinated against the disease. All of the students who were affected either did not receive vaccinations or were children under 10 who only received one of the two vaccinations that are necessary for younger children.

"Fortunately, this incident was short-lived and seems to have run its course," said Marc Nishimoto, public health emergency preparedness planner at the Maui District Health Office of the Hawai'i State Department of Health.

The outbreak was first reported at the end of last month. DOH officials continue to monitor absences due to illness at the school.

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