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What You Should Know About 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

A sick child2009 H1N1 flu (sometimes called “swine flu”) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway. WHO′s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus.

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Flu is Here: Take Action to Protect Yourself

A group of young adultsEvery year, flu season occurs in the United States – but did you know that flu seasons can be different each year?  Flu seasons can differ in timing, duration, or severity.  This year, there is a new and very different influenza virus causing illness called 2009 H1N1 flu. CDC expects both 2009 H1N1 flu and seasonal flu to cause illness, hospital stays, and deaths this season.  However, there are important steps you can take to protect yourself.

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Vaccine Safety

A child receiving a vaccineVaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health and have ended smallpox, nearly ended polio and reduced outbreaks of measles, pertussis and other illnesses to an all-time low.

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