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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two groups of young people in Dougherty and lee counties are suffering from flu like symptoms likely a result of H1N1.

20 Kids at a day camp in Albany and ten from Lee County who went on a youth trip have the flu symptoms.

One of the children was actually hospitalized but was released.

The public health district is watching both clusters closely. In response they have partially reactivated their H1N1 Emergency Operations Center.

Public health found out this week that the groups had fallen ill.

Two children in Lee County and two children in Dougherty County have confirmed cases of Influenza A.

Public health is working closely with the organizations; parents and healthcare provide guidance and control treatment.

Public health says the parents of all the children were notified and everyone with symptoms should be home recovering.

"The significant thing is we're sending those letters so those parents will know if they don't know already, then we're investigating based on those two situations to determine who was in contact with those individuals and who may be ill," said Brenda Greene, Public Health Deputy Director.

Public health district wants everyone to continue to take precautions such as washing your hands and covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing.

On Wednesday, a government panel recommended certain groups be given priority when a Swine Flu vaccine becomes available this fall.

Pregnant women, health care workers, children six months and older and people with high risk medical conditions will be among the first to get the shots.

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