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Should I Worry About Catching Bird Flu?

People in the United States have less to fear than people who live abroad. Most of the illnesses associated with bird flu have been reported in Asian countries among people who have had close contact with farm birds. Also, people are not able to catch the bird flu virus by eating cooked chicken, turkey, or duck. High temperatures kill the virus.

Is There a Vaccine for Bird Flu?

Currently, there is not a bird flu vaccine available to the public. Additionally, it's important to know that the regular influenza vaccine does not provide protection against avian influenza or bird flu.

For in-depth information, see WebMD's Understanding Bird Flu.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 27, 2013
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