Health officials see an end to H1N1 pandemic

Dec 01, 2010

The number of flu cases worldwide has eased.

World health officials have declared an end to the global H1N1 pandemic, but that doesn't mean that people should let their guard down when it comes to flu vaccinations.

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlighted a decision by the World Health Organization to declare the pandemic over. Still, the announcement added that the H1N1 virus has not actually disappeared. Instead, current infection levels have merely gone back to more normal levels.

Despite this, health officials are reminding people that they should continue to get vaccinations, especially with another flu season right around the corner.

The announcement from HHS noted that "pregnant women, young children and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes and neuromuscular diseases are at especially high risk for influenza-related complications, and, therefore, should be vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available."

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