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Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield says on Wednesday that Minnesota has received 170,00 H1N1 vaccine doses, with more to come. She could not say how long it will take for enough doses to arrive for everyone who wants them. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Nurses ready to give flu advice via phone


ST. PAUL -- Operators are standing by to answer calls from feverish, coughing and achy Minnesotans.

What Minnesota health officials call the country's first statewide flu help line that can prescribe medicine launched Wednesday at (866) 259-4655. Minnesota FluLine, open 24 hours every day indefinitely, was established to give Minnesotans who think they have the flu a place to call for advice.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.