Office of Emergency Management chief James Graziano presented information at this week's Borough Council meeting in which he outlined the local response to the H1N1 flu epidemic. This information came just as another New Jersey resident has died from swine flu. 775,000 vaccines have been shipped to New Jersey, more than half the 1.4 million that have been ordered and the families of children in our school district recently determined whether or not their children would be allowed to receive the vaccine, which is due to be administered the week of November 12th.
State Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard said the 42-year-old Middlesex County man was hospitalized with underlying medical conditions. No other details were provided. At least 20 people in the Garden State have died from the H1N1 virus. State officials confirmed last week that a 17-year-old student who attended Rancocas Valley High School in Burlington County had died. The commissioner says swine flu has been confirmed in all 21 counties and that New Jersey is one of 48 states where the virus is considered to be widespread.