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Good Question: Should we still be concerned about H1N1?

For weeks no story dominated the headlines more than the outbreak of H1N1across the country and the world.

It seems now we hardly hearing anything about it.

Good Question: Should we still be concerned about H1N1?

Concern over H1N1 had many scrambling to get vaccinated.

The World Health Organization first called it a pandemic in June of last year.

It was the first global pandemic in 40 years, but it appears now there is no reason for heightened alert.

"We are now moving into the post pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," says Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization.

The WHO based its decision on reports from several countries that are still experiencing the flu.

While it appears the numbers are dwindling it hasn't completely disappeared.

"Based on the experience of past pandemics, we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for years to come," says Dr. Chan.

The Fayette County Health Department says that this year the H1N1 vaccine will be included in your regular flu shot.


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