Expecting Another Round of H1N1

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Two months ago it was the main topic of conversation, but now many have placed thoughts of the H1N1 virus on the back-burner.

However, health officials warn this isn't the time to just shrug off the idea of getting swine flu.

H1N1 clinics are still in full force, but the turnout of those getting vaccinated is low.

Hundreds lined the streets of Parkersburg in October when the vaccination was only available for pregnant women and small children.

The vaccine is now available to everyone, but Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department's executive director, Richard Wittberg says many stopped worrying about the virus after the first of the year.

"It's not over. Because the vaccine is readily available and because it takes ten days to two weeks to become effective, now's a great time to get it," Wittberg said.

He says the next round of swine flu could come at any time within the next month or so. It isn't expected to be quite as dramatic as the first, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions.

Wittberg says only about 25 percent of the region's population has received the vaccination. That's only slightly better than the national average of 20 percent.

To learn the times and places for local H1N1 clinics, visit the MOV Health Department's web site at www.movhd.com.

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