HHS Secretary looks back on year of swine flu

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the last year's battle against swine flu had many successes, but she also listed problems that need to be fixed.

About 80 million Americans were vaccinated against the virus, but vaccination rates have been disappointing for minorities and doctors, nurses and other health care providers.

At a conference of immunization workers in Atlanta, Sebelius on Monday urged the audience to work on ways to increase vaccinations in those groups.

Swine flu was first identified in April 2009 and was later declared the first global flu pandemic in more than 40 years. It has sickened an estimated 60 million Americans, hospitalized 265,000 and killed about 12,000.

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