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Date:9/16/2009

st among those most likely to be affected, adults under age 30, with 59 percent saying they were concerned. Those least likely to catch the flu, age 55 and up, were most concerned at 72 percent. So far, about 75 percent of hospitalizations from swine flu, and 60 percent of deaths have been among people under age 49, with the youngest adults and children most likely to catch the flu.

College students also fall into the age group most likely to catch the flu. And the close quarters of dorm rooms, classrooms, and college life in general create the perfect conditions for the virus to spread. Early surveillance already shows a pick-up in flu-like illnesses on campuses. Consumer Reports Health recommends staying on top of new developments through state and local health departments, taking preventive measures such as frequent hand-washing and proper diet and rest, and seeing a doctor quickly if main symptoms of swine flu occur. Consumers can also stay up to date on flu developments by visiting this dedicated area of our Web site: http://www.consumerreports.org/health/medical-conditions-treatments/swine-flu/index.htm.

What to pack in a swine flu emergency kit? Consumer Reports recommends at least three days' worth of nonperishable, ready-to-eat foods; at least one gallon of water (preferably bottled) per person per day for three days; and a comprehensive first-aid kit. Those are just some of the key items you should pack in a swine flu emergency kit. For more details, visit www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

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