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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    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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