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  1. Flu Deaths "Unpredictable"

    Aug. 26, 2010 – U.S. deaths from flu range from about 3,000 to about 50,000 per year, the CDC now calculates. The new numbers come from analysis of the last 31 flu seasons by CDC medical officer David Shay, MD, MPH and colleagues. For years, the CDC has been estimating the annual flu toll at about 3

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  2. CDC: Flu Vaccine Arriving, Get Yours ASAP

    Aug. 12, 2010 -- It may still be late summer, but this year's flu vaccine already is arriving -- and the CDC wants you to get yours right away. That "you" means "everybody." For the first time, the seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for all men, women -- including pregnant women -- and children ove

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  3. Swine Flu Pandemic Over, WHO Declares

    July 10, 2010 -- The H1N1 swine flu pandemic is over, the World Health Organization declared today. The world has now entered the "post-pandemic period" in which the H1N1 virus has begun acting like -- and circulating with -- other flu bugs. "The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," WHO Direc

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  4. Swine Flu and Pregnancy

    Pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and are at higher risk of death and complications from flu, including swine flu and seasonal flu, than the general population. As scary as that sounds, experts say that most pregnant women who become ill with H1N1 swine flu will not have a serious pr

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  5. Swine Flu Pandemic Hit Children the Hardest

    July 29, 2010 -- The H1N1 flu strain that sparked the first influenza pandemic in four decades has caused the majority of flu cases so far in the 2009-2010 season, the CDC says. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner tells WebMD that the so-called swine flu bug has affected the very young more than elderly peopl

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  6. Study Links Zinc Nose Sprays, Loss of Smell

    July 19, 2010 -- Just over a year ago, the FDA warned that zinc-containing intranasal cold remedies might cause loss of sense of smell. Now a researcher who has long argued that the sprays were harmful says he has scientific evidence to back up the claim. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to sto

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  7. 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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  8. Swine Flu and Travel: 6 Tips

    Are you rethinking your travel plans in light of H1N1 flu (swine flu)? Here are six travel recommendations to keep in mind. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) don't have any travel restrictions in place for healthy travelers. The World Health Organization (WHO) isn't recommending any travel

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  9. Eight Surprising Facts About Swine Flu

    The H1N1 flu was a surprise right from the start: a soon-to-be pandemic flu virus that was first identified in kids in the United States. But that's not the only unusual fact about H1N1 flu. Here are eight more surprising developments: 1 Name that flu virus In April 2009, CDC researchers met to name

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  10. Swine Flu 101: College Survival Tips

    Is swine flu , or H1N1 flu, back on campus? What if it strikes you, your roommate, or someone in your class? Before you brush it off as hype, keep in mind that young adults, even healthy ones, are one of the high-risk groups for a bad case of swine flu. Although most cases haven't been severe, there

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