Flu fears may not be founded

December 9, 2009

A new study suggests the H1N1 virus may not be quite as bad as feared. The study, published in the Public Library of Science Journal, “PLoS Medicine,” says the virus is at worst only slightly more deadly than the average seasonal flu outbreak. Researchers say only 1 in 70 people showing symptoms needed to be hospitalized. About 1 in 2,000 have died. Public health officials say vaccination is still the best way to avoid the virus.

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