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Bloomberg and officials from his health, schools and emergency departments announced the vaccine plan as part of the city's multi-pronged strategy Tuesday to manage the next wave of swine flu.
The city also plans to post data online about influenza-like symptoms at hospital emergency rooms, and post daily updates on public school absences and other schools reporting five or more cases of flulike illness.
The administration plans to send out hundreds of volunteers known as "flu fighters" to visit senior centers, houses of worship, schools and other gathering places to educate New Yorkers about the flu.
Certain groups have shown to be more vulnerable to swine flu, including children and young adults.
City officials say if a school sees five or more cases of flu-like illness in one day, the school will send a letter to parents stressing the need to keep sick children home.
Schools that experience "excessive" flu activity -- 4 percent of the student body on a single day -- will get a visit by a doctor or supervising nurse to further assess the situation.
Officials said they do not expect swine flu to cause widespread severe illness, but in case hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed may set up other sites for flu treatment.
And in an emergency, the city said it could treat large numbers of people by deploying volunteers through its Medical Reserve Corps, a network of 8,700 doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals.
On the Net: http://www.nyc.gov/flu/
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