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CDC says Swine Flu spreading, not becoming more dangerous

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WASHINGTON. - The Centers for Disease Control delivered some good news and bad news in its Swine Flu update on Thursday.

The virus is spreading as students head back to school, but there's no indication it's getting more dangerous in the United States or around the world.

"Everything that we've seen both in this country and abroad shows that the virus has not changed to become more deadly," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director.

The CDC expects the virus to spread more quickly as the traditional flu season gets under way.

They confirmed that 36 children died of H1N1 complications in spring, but pointed out that most had underlying medical conditions.

Experts recommend expectant mothers and other vulnerable populations get the two dose vaccinations when they're first available next month.

The CDC says it's taking a close look at a one-dose vaccine tested in Europe and China, even though the manufacturing process for that vaccine hasn't been approved in the United States.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine is recommending that health care workers protect themselves with special masks that can reduce infections by as much as 60 percent.
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