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Two more Pima County residents have died from the H1N1 flu virus. That brings the total number of deaths since April up to five. The deaths come as the county scrambles to get more vaccine from manufacturers. There are millions fewer doses available right now than hoped.
Chances are if you have the flu you're H1N1 positive.
This is the reality health workers say we now live in.
And thousands of people are getting their H1N1 vaccinations. The Health Department got about 9,000 doses in two weeks ago -- all are almost gone.
They're hoping the next shipment will come in by Monday which is when the next mass flu clinic is scheduled. With very little of the H1N1 vaccine to go around target patients still aren't getting it. Two more people with underlying health problems died from H1N1 just this week. But the good news is, more people are being vaccinated. The downside to that?
An influx of H1N1 lab tests had state health department laboratories backlogged and doctors weren't getting lab results fast enough. The University of Arizona in collaboration with University Medical Center has changed that. An instrument, known as "Real-Time PCR" is processing flu samples within hours. Scientists received the instrument earlier this month.
But they didn't anticipate an H1N1 virus outbreak. UMC is the first hospital in the country with this technology. It's accuracy -- close to perfect. The next step -- running tests 24-hours a day, seven days a week.