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MoH: Swine flu no longer epidemic

Dec. 22, 2012 6:36 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2012 6:18 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Swine flu has become a seasonal epidemic with symptoms and effects very similar to normal flu which vanish in a few days, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday.

Speaking to Ma’an, director general of the Palestinian ministry of health Asaad Ramlawi reassured Palestinians that swine flu is no longer a dangerous disease to people with average immunity.

Asked about a patients who recently died of the flu, he highlighted that they all had lower immunity.

Children, he said, are not typically vaccinated against this flu “because that is not necessary, and it is enough to make sure ventilation in the classrooms is good, and that children eat citrus products.”

The vaccines are available in pharmacies, but they are not necessary for healthy people, he said.
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