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Few Ohioans at high swine flu risk vaccinated

CLEVELAND (AP) - A report says that only one in five Ohioans considered at highest risk for contracting swine flu got vaccines last year despite the state's public health campaign.

Data obtained by The Plain Dealer found that only two in 10 pregnant women got the vaccine and just over a third of health care workers. Only one in five children ages 5 to 18 with medical problems got the vaccine, and the number was even lower for children ages six months to 5 years.

 The Ohio Department of Health says vaccination rates are better than they appear because providers are behind in their reporting.

About four million doses of the vaccination were distributed in Ohio last year and the data showed fewer than one million administered through Dec. 30.

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