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  1. 22 Million Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.

    Nov. 12, 2009 -- H1N1 swine flu has killed more than 4,000 Americans -- perhaps as many as 6,000, the CDC now estimates. Shockingly, 14 million to 34 million U.S. residents -- the CDC's best guess is 22 million -- came down with H1N1 swine flu by Oct. 17, the six-month anniversary of the beginning o

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  2. How to Get H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine

    Nov. 6, 2009 - You can get your H1N1 flu vaccine, but it will take perseverance, patience, and priority status. Priority goes to people at risk of severe flu if they catch the H1N1 swine flu bug: Pregnant women People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age Health care workers

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  3. H1N1 Swine Flu Deadly in All Age Groups

    Nov. 3, 2009 - H1N1 swine flu isn't always severe, but when it's bad, it's really bad. Patients hospitalized with pandemic flu have an 11% fatality rate, data from California suggest. The pandemic flu bug is far more likely to strike younger people. But when people aged 50 and older get hospitalized

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  4. Swine Flu Study on N95 Masks Retracted

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- N95 masks may be no better than ordinary disposable surgical masks at preventing the flu, after all. The same researchers who reported in September that only N95 masks offer significant protection against flu now say a reanalysis of their data shows that just isn't tru

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  5. Swine Flu Vaccine Protects Pregnant Women

    Nov. 2, 2009 - Pregnant women safely get "robust" protection from one dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine; but children under age 10 really need two doses, NIH studies show. The findings are straight-from-the-clinic data from ongoing studies funded and coordinated by the National Institute of Allergy

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  6. Sick of Being Sick?

    14 research-proven ways to eat, drink, and even party to boost your immunity this season Winter bugs don't just make you feel miserable. Sick days create havoc at home and work. And those days can become weeks if a cold morphs into something more serious — a sinus or ear infection, or bronchitis. Fl

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  7. Child H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths Rising

    Oct. 30, 2009 -- Last week's 19 new child deaths is the biggest single-week jump since the H1N1 swine flu pandemic began. The child death toll in the U.S. pandemic now stands at 114 and is certain to rise, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today at a news conference. Frieden announced that

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  8. Flu Vaccine Safe Throughout Pregnancy

    Oct. 30, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Pregnant women who get the flu vaccine are less likely to have babies who are premature, small for their gestational age, or who have to be hospitalized, according to three new studies. A fourth study shows that the vaccine is safe throughout pregnancy -- even during

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  9. 140 Times More Early Swine Flu Than Reported

    Oct. 29, 2009 - By the end of July, up to 5.7 million Americans -- 140 times the reported number -- had H1N1 swine flu. As many as 21,000 were hospitalized by July 23, the CDC now estimates. This suggests that the current number of H1N1 swine flu-related hospitalizations -- just under 22,000 from th

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  10. Kids Shed H1N1 Virus 6 Days After Fever

    Oct. 29, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Some elementary school kids with the swine flu are still shedding H1N1 virus six days after their fever strikes, a new study suggests. Researchers stopped short of saying these youngsters could still transmit the virus to their friends and family. But the findings rai

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