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Swine Flu in the Fall: Vaccinate or Not?

Although we are many months away right now from the fall influenza season, many experts say that is going to be the biggest challenge swine flu poses. We have been fortunate in that the outbreak in the northern hemisphere has coincided with the arrival of warmer weather, but if the virus gains a strong toehold in the southern hemisphere in the next few months, it could potentially strike us hard starting September.

At the same time, cautions are being raised about vaccinating people against swine flu because many experts remember what happened when we tried to do the same thing in 1976. Read about it here.

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 8, 2009; 3:16 PM ET
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