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  • When to see the doctor for the flu

    Many individuals who are experiencing flu symptoms are wondering, “When should I see a doctor?” That’s going to differ for many people based on their general health. However, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County offers some suggestions. (whiotv.com)

  • 5 tips for keeping your kids safe

    The Swine Flu, the H1N1 Virus – call it what you will – has parents worried sick across the country now that our kids are back in school.  Here are five fast and easy things you can do to keep your kids safe and healthy. (ABC)

  • What you need to know about the H1N1 virus

    Good information about the swine flu, and what you can do. (Baltimore Sun)

  • WHO warns of a severe form of swine flu

    Doctors are reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Reuters)

  • Sanofi Pasteur receives swine flu seed virus

    The vaccines division of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis SA said Wednesday it has received the key ingredient to make a swine flu vaccine. (BusinessWeek)

  • Study detects flu immunity in older people

    A substantial portion of older Americans may have some immunity to the swine-origin H1N1 influenza virus, a finding that may prove useful when and if a vaccine to the new flu strain becomes available. (Washington Post)

  • Swine flu cases soar toward 10,000 worldwide

    United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged people to remain “vigilant and alert” about swine flu on Tuesday as the number of cases around the world shot up to almost 10,000. Previous pandemics had shown flu outbreaks could start mild and worsen, Ban said as he addressed the World Health Organisation’s annual assembly in Geneva. (AFP)

  • Tracing the swine flu’s ancestry

    Once Upon a Time there was a little flu virus. It was probably born in Kansas in late 1917 or 1918, although nobody is really sure. Its name was H1N1. It grew up to be very wicked. (Washington Post)

  • More than 2,500 swine flu cases worldwide

    The World Health Organization on Friday reported 2,500 confirmed cases of swine flu in 25 countries, with 44 deaths from the disease. In the United States, the total number of confirmed cases nearly doubled to 1,639 from the day before, with reports coming from 43 states. (CNN)

  • Is a swine flu vaccine worth the effort?

    The risk of moving forward is that the virus will fizzle, making such a vaccine unnecessary. This would cost millions and, for pharmaceutical companies, waste time and resources. The risk of delaying, on the other hand, is that the virus will resurge later this year and spread viciously through an unprotected populace. (ABC News)

  • As flu fears subside, specter of a deadlier time haunts officials

    Stories about the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic handed down bear an eerie similarity to the present outbreak. (Dallas Morning News)

  • Was the swine flu response an overreaction?

    Was the swine flu pandemic just a lot of hype or did the world mount a credible response to a very real threat and tamp it down? A bioethicist weighs in. (Commentary on MSNBC.com)

  • Survivors remember the 1918 flu pandemic

    Thanks to their immunity built more than 90 years ago from their brush with one the world’s deadliest pandemics, the survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu could help in a fight against the swine flu. (CNN)

  • WHO chief on the unpredictable nature of the flu

    The World Health Organization chief says the world needs to maintain a “high level of vigilance.” Margaret Chan also warns that historically, flu pandemics have come in two or three waves, and that the first wave can be very mild. (BBC News video)

  • Flu alert level likely to be raised to highest level

    The World Health Organization is likely to raise its alert for the swine flu outbreak to the highest level and declare a pandemic, the director tells a Spanish newspaper. The WHO warns against “unnecessary panic” over the decision. (Fox News)

  • Confirmed swine flu cases up to almost 1,000 worldwide

    With swine flu widespread in the United States, the World Health Organization reported Monday that the disease had widened globally, too, with 20 countries reporting 985 laboratory confirmed cases, compared to 898 confirmed cases in 18 countries on Sunday. (New York Times)

  • Experts warn against overuse of anti-viral drugs

    Until a vaccine for swine flu is developed some months from now, the best hope for treating the illness lies with anti-viral drugs.But if you’re healthy or you have only mild symptoms of the flu, experts say you shouldn’t take them. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Confirmed cases of H1N1 virus now at 787, WHO says

    The number of H1N1 cases worldwide now stands at 787 with two additional deaths reported in Mexico, the World Health Organization announced early Sunday. There were 615 confirmed cases Saturday. (CNN)

  • Ever-changing swine flu virus a challenge for drug makers

    The swine flu outbreak has left public health officials unsure if they should change the composition of next year’s regular flu vaccine to guard specifically against swine flu. (Washington Post)

  • A plague or paranoia? It’s hard to tell

    So is this new swine flu outbreak the next great plague, or just a global spasm of paranoia? Like all influenza viruses, it is mutating capriciously and, thus, is not a static and predictable public health threat but an evolving one. (Washington Post)

  • Number of confirmed worldwide swine flu cases soars

    Confirmed cases of swine flu jumped by more than 65 percent Saturday with the World Health Organization reporting 615 people in 15 countries infected with the virus commonly known as swine flu. The organization had reported 367 cases on Friday. The jump in cases was due to ongoing testing of a backlog of specimens. (CNN)

  • Flu could become a pandemic, but hopeful signs emerge

    A new strain of flu is spreading quickly enough that it could cause a global pandemic soon, but there are signs a pandemic could be a mild one, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Instead of kissing and handshakes, elbow bumps?

    Common forms of greeting, such as handshakes and kisses on the cheek, are coming under scrutiny as the H1N1 virus, commonly known asswine flu, steadily spreads around the world. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent who has been covering the epidemic from Mexico, is advocating the “el-bump,” or bumping of elbows, as a greeting. (CNN)

  • What scientists know about this virus

    Preliminary analysis of the swine flu virus suggests it is a fairly mild strain, scientists say. It is believed that a further mutation would be needed in order for the H1N1 virus to cause the mass deaths that have been estimated by some. (BBC News)

  • Swine flu continues to spread - but slowly

    Slowly but surely, swine flu continued to spread Friday, including to the ranks of the United States military, and across the globe the number of confirmed cases rose from 257 to 331, the World Health Organization in Geneva reported. (The New York Times)

  • What we can learn from past pandemics

    History offers a dark warning to anyone ready to write off the 2009 H1N1 virus. In each of the four major pandemics since 1889, a spring wave of relatively mild illness was followed by a second wave of a much more virulent disease. (CNN.com)

  • Will the flu pandemic be mild, or kill millions?

    As the swine flu progresses, officials struggle to figure out what the world is facing. “There may be a possibility that the virus will die out and stop, and that would be the best for us. But it can turn the other way,” said Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general. (Analysis by Reuters)

  • Companies plan for a swine flu pandemic

    While it’s still unclear exactly how severe or deadly the swine flu will be or even how devastating it will be the global economy, U.S. and International health officials are taking the threat very seriously. And as a result, so are many companies. (news.CNET.com)

  • WHO decides to not raise flu threat level

    GENEVA - The World Health Organization said on Thursday there was no reason to raise a pandemic flu alert to the highest level. But WHO acting Assistant Director General Keiji Fukuda added a note of caution about the southern hemisphere, which is entering into the flu-prone winter season. (Agence France-Presse)

  • No more ’swine’: Call it H1N1 Influenza A instead?

    The World Health Organization says it will would stop using the term “swine flu” to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said, “We’re going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A.” (Associated Press)