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Swine Flu Vaccine FAQs

When will the swine flu vaccine be available?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the swine flu vaccine will not be made available until flu season. At that time, Scientific American reports that the flu shot made available in the late summer will not include inoculation against the swine flu. This means that once the swine flu shot is released the public will need both the swine (H1N1) flu vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.



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A Fatal Flu

Is the swine flu dangerous?

All types of flu are dangerous. Annual flu outbreaks result in thousands of deaths each year. The new H1N1 flu is no different. Swine flu deaths were one of the first means by which health care officials realized that there was a problem with a new strain of flu virus. People who only have mild flu symptoms, often do no go to the physician for treatment and diagnosis, but when infected with a more serious strain, such as the swine flu, people flock to their doctors to get checked. Blood tests revealed that many of these people were suffering from a previously unknown strain of flu. This flu has continued to sicken an cause the deaths of thousands since it was first noted in April 2009.



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The CDC and swine flu

Every year, beginning in the early autumn, the flu season begins in the United States. This is the time when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sends warnings out to the public to get vaccinated against the flu. People need annual flu shots because each year, the type of flu infecting Americans changes. In years past, the flu typically was a form of Type A or Type B, but the fear arising now from the CDC is swine flu becoming the prevalent form of flu.



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Where is the flu in my area?

How can I find out where the flu is in my area?

There are many ways to find how widespread the flu is in a given region. A flu tracker from the Weather Channel provides a color-coded United States map which tracks cases of the flu. There are also more portable methods of locating the flu. Smart phones can locate the nearest cases of flu and recent deaths. A recent release for download for the Apple iPhone locates the phone user and pinpoints the closest incidents of swine flu infection and death. Unlike color-coded maps, the download provides news stories on a global basis. This option is better for the world traveler.



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The latest news: Swine flu updates

When looking across the Internet and at news sources for a swine flu update, the source of the material matters. Some sites do not have information backed up by official agencies. The news from these must be taken with some skepticism until a verification of their facts can be made. Reputable sites are those from trusted health agencies staffed by physicians. These include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Both of these have sites devoted exclusively to swine flu updates and H1N1 flu pandemic.



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