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Locate Swine Flu and Seasonal Flu Shots

A flu vaccine finder service is being provided by Google at google.com/flushot, which is designed to locate facilities that offer H1N1 and seasonal flu shots. 
The flu-shot finder service will soon be available at flu.gov, as well as the website of the American Lung Association. 

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Interactive Tool for the Swine Flu

Are you wondering if you have the swine flu and need to see a doctor?  Microsoft has recently unveiled an interactive Web site which may help you decide.
Go to http://www.h1n1responsecenter.com . Type in your age and answer questions about your current symptoms and general health.  

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WHO Says H1N1 Swine Flu “Unstoppable”

The new H1N1 swine flu virus is “unstoppable”, according to the World Health Organization, who has given drug makers full authorization to manufacture vaccines against the circulating strain of influenza. Healthcare workers are to be the first to receive the vaccine.
The H1N1 virus appears to attack people differently than seasonal influenza.  It tends to affect younger people, the severely obese and often healthy adults. 
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New Strain of Swine Flu Found in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil report discovery of a new strain of the swine flu virus. This new strain was found in a 26-year-old man who had been hospitalized in Sao Paulo in April. He reportedly came down with flu symptoms after returning from Mexico and has since made a full recovery,  
It’s not yet clear if the newly discovered strain [...]

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Swine Flu is Spreading in Southern Hemisphere

The swine flu has gained a foothold in Australia and the number of cases have been doubling about every two days.  This may well prompt the World Health Organization to declare the first flu pandemic in more than four decades, according to an Australian public health expert yesterday. 
Experts believe the virulence of the swine flu may well reveal [...]

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Swine Flu Outbreak Prompts More School Closings

A new flareup of the swine flu virus has recently struck New York city schools, sending an assistant school principal to the hospital in critical condition. He apparently had an underlying condition that may have worsened his illness, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.  The city has closed three schools because of “unusually high levels” of flu-like illness, according to the [...]

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Swine Flu Cases Continue to Spread

The CDC reports 2532 cases and 3 deaths, as of May 10, 2009 at 11am. 
In Florida, there are now 20 probable cases of swine flu, but only five confirmed cases.  Pinellas County has 1 confirmed case and Hillsborough County has six probable cases. Florida state health officials have set up a hot line where citizens can [...]

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Why this Swine Flu Outbreak is Concerning

The virus that caused the widespread epidemic of 1918 is thought to be caused by a swine flu virus. It was the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history and was caused by an exceptionally virulent strain of the flu which infected 28% of all Americans and a fifth of the world’s population.  During the worst of [...]

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How Many People are Infected with the Swine Flu?

Today the CDC reports 896 confirmed cases and 2 deaths in the U.S., but this is far from the whole story. 
In the U.S., state labs have been struggling with huge backlogs of untested flu samples.  The Texas State Lab, for instance, currently has tested only 13 percent of the 6,677 samples received. Test kits were finally delivered May [...]

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Full Extent of Swine Flu in U.S. is Not Known

The ongoing outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) continues to grow in the United States and internationally.  Currently the CDC continues to report only 400 cases confirmed, with another 700 probable cases in 44 states.   But does the CDC’s running tally truly represent the number of swine flu cases in existence? 
Apparently not.  Some state labs are ramping up testing but reports are surfacing [...]

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