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H1N1 Flu Spreads Slower Than Seasonal Flu: Study
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WEDNESDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- The H1N1 swine flu appears to spread more slowly than "regular" seasonal flu in a household setting, but when it does spread it's more likely to affect children, a new study suggests.
"We found that about 9% of people who lived with a household member with [H1N1] flu also got flu," said lead researcher Oliver Morgan, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We found that 18% of children under 5, and 11% of children 5 to 18, got flu in the household," Morgan said, adding that children were more likely to introduce flu into the household.
The findings are published in the April issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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