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Mass. No. 1 in US in flu vaccinations

March 21, 2010

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BOSTON, Mass.—A report says Massachusetts vaccinated more residents against the swine flu and seasonal flu in the fall and winter than any other state.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says 36 percent of residents were inoculated against the swine flu, also known as H1N1, compared with 21 percent nationally. Seasonal flu vaccinations were administered to 57 percent of the population, compared with 37 percent nationwide.

The state report was based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of March 18, 32 deaths had been confirmed in Massachusetts. The state says all but five were among people who had underlying medical conditions.

In an interview with The Boston Globe, state Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach credited government agencies working with local heath departments, school systems, doctors and hospitals.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe