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WASHINGTON - Federal health experts now say it's possible the H1N1 swine flu virus could affect up to half the U.S. population, and there could be as many as 1.8 million hospital visits and 90,000 deaths in the U.S.
Children and young adults could be affected the most by The H1N1 flu virus, or so-called swine flu. Schools are back in session and there is concern the virus could start to spread quickly, and maybe peak before a vaccine is widely available.
"This is not the flu we're used to," said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. "We have seen transmission of a virus in a season that is not really flu season."
The president's scientific advisers recommended Monday the government should speed availability of at least a little swine flu vaccine next month instead of in October.