Raising North Dakota’s taxes on beer, wine and liquor would provide as much as $2 million a year for programs that teach about the dangers of underage and binge drinking, said an advocate who wants a statewide vote on the issue.
A ballot measure approved by North Dakotans last year to boost funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs has earned the state a No. 1 ranking in a national report by several health advocacy groups.
No big problems seen in first report on new vaccine Since vaccinations began in early October, the government has been tracking the safety of the swine flu vaccine. By mid-November, about 22 million Americans had gotten the vaccine and there were about 3,200 reports of possible side effects, the vast majority for minor things like soreness or swelling from the shot.
The Minnesota Department of Health said today in a press release that it has orderd and received enough H1N1 vaccine to offer to the full list of priority groups established by the Centers for Disease Control.
Estimates of deaths caused by the swine flu have grown to nearly 4,000 since April, roughly quadrupling previous estimates. But that doesn't mean swine flu suddenly has worsened. "I am expecting all of these numbers, unfortunately, to continue to rise," said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We have a long flu season ahead of us."
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