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Kansans should prep for next wave of swine flu, officials say

TOPEKA | Kansas residents are being urged to increase their preparations for the next wave of swine flu.

During a daylong flu summit Monday in Topeka, state officials including Gov. Mark Parkinson said Kansans should take steps to avoid the H1N1 virus by washing their hands frequently and getting flu shots.

A swine flu vaccine is expected to be available in October.

The H1N1 virus already has been confirmed in 50 of 105 Kansas counties, including one death.

Worldwide, the virus has killed 1,400 people since being discovered earlier this year. Some health officials estimate up to 40 percent of the world's population could catch the virus within the next two years.

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