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Swine Flu May Take a Summer Vacation

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Aired 5/7/09

Like all strains of influenza, the swine flu is expected to die down as warm weather sets in. But that doesn't mean it'll be gone for good. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

— Like all strains of influenza, the swine flu is expected to die down as warm weather sets in. But that doesn't mean it'll be gone for good. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

The swine flue is getting less media attention today. And like all flu viruses, this one is likely to go away as summer weather sets in. But there's a strong chance the H1N1 virus will return in the winter. Stanley Maloy is dean of the college of Sciences at San Diego State. He says new strains of the flu often make their first appearance during the final days of spring. He says this happened with the deadly Spanish flu of 1918.

"In that case there was an early outbreak," he says. "And then it seemed to disappear. It went silent. And when the cold weather hit it came back with a vengeance."

Maloy says a vaccine for the current swine flu is forthcoming. But given the flu's lack of severity, so far, the vaccine may not be recommended for use by all people. Tom Fudge, KPBS News.

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