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Swine flu pandemic over

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A virus, once feared to kill millions, is now no longer a pandemic threat.  The World Health Organization says the swine flu pandemic is over.

It did kill more than 18,000 people.  Brenda Greene is the Deputy Director for public health in Southwest Georgia. 

The main message she hopes to pass along from the swine flu outbreak is that there is a way to protect yourself.  She said, "Flu is highly preventable, so we want to make sure that people get their flu shot, that they continue to wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when they are sick so as not to expose other people.  The take home message is that we want to remind people of everyday."

While the H1N1 pandemic is over, the vaccine for that strain is expected to be included along with this year's seasonal flu vaccine.

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