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Stopping Swine Flu Up to You

Before the Vaccine Arrives, It's Up to Citizens to Slow Swine Flu


Does this stuff really work? From the standpoint of an individual, nothing may seem to be happening.

"All these efforts are leaky," acknowledged Martin Cetron, MD, director of the CDC's division of global migration and quarantine.

But if enough people do these things often enough, it will slow the speed at which flu spreads through a community. This actually slows down the pandemic -- and buys precious time for vaccination to do its work.

"By altering patterns of transmission, we reduce the peak of an epidemic wave, we buy time, and we reduce the total number of cases," Cetron said at the CDC symposium. 


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