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Swine Flue could soon be post-pandemic

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You may have forgotten all about the Swine Flu now that vaccines are readily available and the infection rate in the Tri-Cities seems to be down.

But the World Health Organization says H1N1 is still a pandemic even though the period of most intense activity appears to have passed; however, health leaders say there is good news coming this summer.

In a couple of months that pandemic status could change to post-pandemic, which means it will no longer be anymore dangerous than the seasonal flu.

At the Benton Franklin Health District doctors say a third wave may not even happen.

 "If you have immunity of 50 percent of your people you probably won't get a third wave," Dr. Jecha from the Health District says. "I think we have well above that." 

Dr. Jecha says they pushed out 50 thousand vaccines to our community since the end of 2009.

 When we enter flu season in the fall he says the H1N1 vaccine will be combined with the regular flu shot.