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Swine Flu: 10 Things Not to Do

Why you should nix swine flu parties, and other swine flu don'ts.

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Swine flu isn't in the headlines as much as it was a couple of months ago, and while there have been deaths and hospitalizations in countries worldwide, most cases have been relatively mild.

That's the good news. But the bad news is, swine flu isn't gone. In fact, it may pick up steam during the usual flu season -- and it could worsen.

With that in mind, here are 10 swine flu "don'ts" -- things not to do for swine flu prevention.

1. Don't expect seasonal flu vaccination to prevent swine flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine doesn't protect against swine flu. Scientists are working on a swine flu vaccine, but that will be a separate vaccination.

Do get vaccinated against seasonal flu, when that vaccine becomes available. Seasonal flu can be serious, especially for infants, elders, and people with weak immune systems. The CDC notes that seasonal flu or its complications kill an average of 36,000 people per year in the U.S. and hospitalize more than 200,000 people.