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Ohio agencies to return H1N1 funds to health dept.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Local agencies in Ohio are set to return millions of dollars in federal funding leftover from the H1N1 virus to the state health department.

The Ohio Department of Health tells The Columbus Dispatch it's unsure of exactly how much money is coming back. But, as of last week, spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says the Ohio health department was expecting at least $6 million from 40 grant recipients who reported leftover money.

Those departments have until the end of the month to send back unused funds.

The money will be redistributed to prepare for another pandemic.

Central Ohio started to receive H1N1 flu vaccines last October. Officials say public demand dropped off after priority groups including pregnant women and young children had been vaccinated.

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