Doctors say H1N1 resurfaces

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by Derek Smith

 ANCHORAGE,Ak---Doctors say January is known for being the peak month for flu season.

   At the Anchorage Infectious DiseaseCenter ,staff says we are in the midst of it.
 
 "It ususally comes around this time, it takes a few weeks to its peak, sometimes three or four so its kind of unknown, but we are right in the heart of it. So hopefully soon we will see the numbers start decreasing a little bit," Program Manager Michael Cooper states. 
 
    Cooper says out of the four strains currently circulating, h1n1 seems to be more prevelant. 
 
"It had a lot of chance to make people sick. The prediction is, it would probably turn into a season strain of influenza."
 
   It did.
   He says ninety percent of flu cases are caused by h1n1 this year.  
 
 "They picked it very well this year. They didnt know it was going to circulate, that most of 90 plus percent was going to be h1n1,  but they knew it was going to be one of the components. "
 
   I'm receiving the vaccine that protects against the four most common strains of influenza, especially h1n1 which has been the most prominent strain here in anchorage alaska. Doctor Cooper says i'ts not the deadliest influenza, but that it affects the young group, 18-40 year olds. 
 Also the state and city of Anchorage even waived the administration fee for the flu shot until the end of march, so there is no excuse. If im getting my influezna which that's all it took, you should be getting yours too. 
 
"When it first came out in 2009, it was called novel.  We hadn't seen that particular kind of flu, at least that specific kind of flu for a long time, for many years, and so nobody had any kind of underlying immunity to it, " Cooper says. 
 
    Cooper says the CDC predicted a whidespread strain. So this year's vaccine includes h1n1. 
 
"It's in the vaccine, you can do a lot to prevent it this year protect yourself, protect your family from it."  
 

 

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