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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The number of swine flu cases in Georgia is decreasing, but health officials say the problem is far from over in Georgia.

Georgia's H1N1 outbreak status was downgraded from widespread to regional. More people will spend time indoors during the holidays and cold weather. Health officials stress the priority groups should get the vaccine. Our health district received another 16,000 doses of the vaccine last week. It's not too late to vaccinate for both H1N1 and the seasonal flu and now they're opening the vaccinations up to another group.

"Up until now we have reserved the vaccine for those groups but past today we're going to open it up to those people 65 and older who may have been interested in the vaccine and they're always so loyal and faithful about getting their seasonal flu, that have not been able to get H1N1," said Brenda Greene, Southwest Georgia health District Deputy Director.

Health officials say flu season traditionally peaks in Georgia between December and February, but this year they've seen a large number of cases in late summer and fall. For more information about the flu and vaccine you can log onto www.flu.gov.


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