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Is Swine Flu on the Wane?

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More than 2,100 people in Colorado Springs were finally vaccinated for the H1N1 swine flu yesterday. Nobody at El Paso County’s first health clinic was turned away, and about 900 doses were leftover, according to the Gazette.

Although the proliferation of the vaccine across the nation comes later than expected for many organizations, it seems to be finally making its way to the masses. But swine flu also appears to be on the wane in the Rocky Mountain region, writes 9News, which reports that the number of new cases has dropped for three weeks in a row.

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Still, four more deaths were announced, bringing the statewide toll so far this season to 38. Across the nation, 4,000 or more Americans have probably died from swine flu, which is about four times the estimate officials had been using.

The new figure includes complications that began with swine flu, such as pneumonia and bacterial infections, notes The Associated Press. To put that in perspective, each year more than 36,000 people die from the regular flu and flu-related causes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But don’t try any creative math based on the numbers cited here. A flu year can be unpredictable and doesn’t follow a calendar year. Moreover the CDC, citing scientists, still fears swine flu “may cause a lot more people to get sick than during a regular flu season.”

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