• Kyodo News


The head of the government’s flu task force panel said Saturday that Japan’s biggest challenge from now on will be to prevent young people with other diseases from catching swine flu because it could kill them.

Speaking to reporters after a task force meeting, Shigeru Omi, the leader of the panel, said that diabetics, people with immunodeficiency syndromes, pregnant women and kids 5 or younger are among those most susceptible to H1N1 because it might worsen their symptoms and cause other medical complications.

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