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The latest on the H1N1 virus


by Colby Robertson

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- While the H1N1 virus continues to stay out of the spotlight area health leaders say it shouldn't be forgotten.

It seems the H1N1 virus is gone because there aren't a lot of people who are sick right now, but Marathon County health leaders say swine flu is still circulating out there.

Judy Burrows says, "The H1N1 virus isn't going to go away. We're going to see this virus continue to circulate in the communities for years to come so vaccination is still a useful tool at preventing disease whether it's right now or years to come."

Health leaders estimate about 20% of people in Marathon County have received the vaccine, but they urge everyone who hasn't gotten the shot to do so. 

H1N1 Community clinics throughout the area are wrapping up in the next week. But, health leaders want to make sure people know the vaccine is still available through the health departments, childcare providers as well as retail pharmacies.

Health leaders say one of the major benefits that came out of the H1N1 scare is that people's behaviors changed regarding hand washing and sneeze etiquette.

They say those changed behaviors mean people are less likely to spread other cold and flu viruses.

Burrows says they are seeing less seasonal flu this year, not only in Marathon County, but throughout Wisconsin.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson


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