Swine flu strikes Allendale prison

The first cases of swine flu have been reported in the state’s prison system. Authorities say 32 inmates have been diagnosed with the flu at the Allendale Correctional Institution. Three of the inmates have tested positive for the HIN1 or swine flu virus. According to prison officials, the infected inmates have been isolated from the general prison population and their cells have been disinfected. Weekend visitation at the prison has been suspended and inmate transfers to and from the prison have been halted. The institution houses over 1200 inmates. The state prison system is giving flu shots to inmates and has asked state health officials to provide swine flu shots as soon as the vaccine is made available.