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    1. 10,000 H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths

      Dec. 10, 2009 - H1N1 swine flu killed 10,000 Americans, sent 213,000 to the hospital, and sickened 50 million -- a sixth of the population -- by mid-November, the CDC estimates. The CDC's new estimates reflect a flood of new cases from mid-October to mid-November, as the current wave of the U.S. flu

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    2. Tamiflu's Effectiveness Doubted

      Dec. 9, 2009 -- Widely used antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza may not prevent complications such as pneumonia in healthy people, according to a new investigation and analysis. "We're not so sure the drugs are so magic a bullet as we previously thought," researcher Chris Del Mar, MD, dean o

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    3. H1N1 Swine Flu Less Severe Than Feared

      Dec. 7, 2009 – H1N1 swine flu won't be as severe as was feared, but the pandemic is nothing to sneeze at, new predictions suggest. When the fall/winter wave of H1N1 swine flu is over, it will have been no more severe than an average flu season, predict Harvard researcher Marc Lipsitch, DPhil, and co

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    4. CDC: Few Serious Reactions After Swine Flu Vaccine

      Dec. 4, 2009 - Serious reactions after receiving the H1N1 swine flu vaccine are rare and not significantly higher than those seen from the seasonal flu vaccine, according to a briefing at the CDC today. Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, presented preliminary safety data and confidence that the H1N1

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    5. Spike in Bacterial Infections With Swine Flu

      Nov. 25, 2009 -- "A worrisome spike" in severe bacterial infections is complicating H1N1 swine flu cases, the CDC warned today. Denver and nine other cities where CDC conducts intensive surveillance are seeing a tripling of cases of severe, life-threatening bacterial infections -- including pneumoni

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    6. Vicks Nasal Spray Recalled

      Nov. 20, 2009 - Procter & Gamble has recalled some 120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray because of possible bacterial contamination. Three lots of the product are affected. The recalled products were distributed in about equal amounts, nationwide, in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany. The contam

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    7. Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Cut Swine Flu Risk

      Nov. 20, 2009 - People who got last year's seasonal flu vaccine are at lower risk of H1N1 swine flu illness -- particularly severe disease, a study of U.S. military personnel shows. Overall, getting a seasonal flu shot or sniff cut the risk of swine flu by 45%. It cut the risk of getting a normal ca

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    8. H1N1 Swine Flu Wave Peaking in U.S.?

      Nov. 20, 2009 - The current wave of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic may have peaked in the U.S., new CDC figures suggest. A lot of people are still coming down with H1N1 swine flu. New cases -- as measured by the number of health care visits by people with flu symptoms -- remain epidemic in every part o

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    9. 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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    10. 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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