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  1. Swine Flu and the Elderly

    What is it about swine flu that has people so nervous? Should seniors in particular be worried? To learn more, WebMD went to medical experts and got their answers to these and other questions about the 2009 H1N1 virus. Swine flu is a novel form of the influenza virus, combining swine, human, and avi

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  2. 10 Things to Do Before You Get Swine Flu

    The H1N1 flu, commonly called swine flu, is expected to make many people sick this flu season. And if you're one of them, you're in for some serious at-home time, recovering and sparing other people from your germs. To make that time a little easier on yourself, consider taking these 10 steps now, b

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  3. Vitamin D May Cut Risk of Flu

    June 16, 2010 -- Vitamin D may reduce the incidence and severity of influenza and other infections of the upper respiratory tract, new research indicates. Simple steps such as eating foods rich with vitamin D and getting more sunshine may help to reduce your chances of contracting flu and other simi

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  4. H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine FAQ

    A safe and effective H1N1 swine flu vaccine was created and produced in record time -- but it still wasn't ready when the U.S. pandemic peaked in early fall of 2009. Even so, by mid-December 2009, 28 million adults (13% of U.S. adults) and 18 million children (24% of U.S. children) had received the

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  5. Swine Flu FAQ

    The H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away. After sweeping the globe, U.S. H1N1 swine flu cases surged as schools opened in the fall. What is H1N1 swine flu? What can we do about it? WebMD answers your questions. What is swine flu? What are swine flu symptoms? Wh

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  6. Swine Flu’s Toll on Military, Young People

    April 13, 2010 -- Military personnel and young people had higher swine flu infection rates when the disease swept Singapore in 2009, a new study finds. The finding comes from an analysis of blood samples taken from nearly 3,000 people before, during, and after the H1N1 swine flu was detected in Sing

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  7. 1 in 4 Americans Got Swine Flu Vaccine

    April 1, 2010 -- Nearly one in four U.S. residents got the H1N1 swine flu vaccination, the CDC reports. "If we had more vaccine earlier, more people could have received it," Anne Schuchat, MD, CDC director of immunization and respiratory diseases, said at a news conference. "We know we did prevent a

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  8. Severe H1N1 Swine Flu Up in South

    March 29, 2010 -- H1N1 swine flu hospitalizations in Georgia have returned to October levels, triggering a nationwide CDC warning that too many at-risk people have not been vaccinated. The Georgia findings today spurred the CDC to hold its first national news teleconference in weeks. During the heig

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  9. H1N1 Swine Flu Still Smoldering in U.S.

    March 16, 2010 -- It's no wildfire, but H1N1 swine flu continues to smolder in the U.S. From mid-January to mid-February, the CDC estimates there were 2 million new cases of H1N1 swine flu, causing 18,000 hospitalizations, and about 310 deaths. From the beginning of the pandemic in April 2009 until

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  10. Vaccinate Kids to Stop Flu in Community

    March 9, 2010 -- New research confirms that giving flu shots to large numbers of school-age children can protect the community at large. The finding adds to evidence in favor of so-called "herd immunity" -- the idea that vaccinating the healthy and those most likely to spread the flu can have a dram

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