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Scientists say another H1N1 pandemic unlikely this season

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CANADA (KWWL) -- Canadian researchers say a third H1N1 pandemic is unlikely this flu season.

A new study of more than 1,100 people indicates less than 10 percent of people under 70 had protective levels of H1N1 antibodies before the H1N1 outbreak last year.

Now because of vaccinations, protection rates are up to 70 percent in people under 20 and 44 percent in adults aged 20 to 49 years old.

Researchers say a community-wide protection should be enough to prevent another large epidemic, but are encouraging older adults or those with a chronic condition to get immunized.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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