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H1N1 Flu Might Be Tamed In SD

February 15, 2010, 7:48 AM

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Health officials in South Dakota say almost half of the state's population has received the H1N1 flu vaccine or had the illness.

They say that might be enough to keep the virus from spreading. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the virus has "flat-lined" in South Dakota, though he says the H1N1 flu still could return.

Officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated, though interest has waned. Kightlinger says it has moved "from hysteria to humdrum."

H1N1 flu caused 23 deaths in South Dakota last fall and sent hundreds to the hospital.

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