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Swine flu has sickened about 60 million Americans, hospitalized 265,000 and killed about 12,000. The U.S. death toll from the new H1N1 virus, declared a global epidemic, is about one-third of the estimated deaths from a regular flu season. But it was a fearsome threat because children and teens are much more vulnerable to it than seasonal flu.
There's been no significant increase in deaths reported in Georgia or nationally, and reports of flu-like illness are at their lowest level since late 2008. And there's no evidence that the virus has mutated to a more dangerous form, health officials say.
New pandemic flu viruses usually don't change substantially in the first two or three years, Monto said.
The CDC has gathered swine flu vaccination rates for each state but has turned down repeated requests from The Associated Press for the rates. The CDC says it will release the information in a forthcoming article in one of its publications, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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