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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Misconceptions

After a month-long absence, Corporate Wellness Insights is back--and there is much to talk about in the world of health and wellness. Today, we're offering an brief flu update.

H1N1 (formerly known as swine flu) has advanced at an alarming rate since we last blogged. The virus is now widespread in 46 states, according to the latest government statistics. And although H1N1 has proved to be relatively mild for most people, it has still caused over 1,000 deaths in the U.S.

A recent Newsweek article reports that officials are combating more than just the disease--it's also turning into a public-relations nightmare. More than one study has demonstrated the safety of H1N1 vaccine, but stubborn rumors persist. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched Flu.gov, a source for reputable information.

If you think your employees need a flu-shot refresher course, take a look at the Myths and Facts page of the CDC's influenza site. It'll help set them straight!

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