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Published November 24, 2009, 10:43 PM

North Dakota Officials Urge Flu Vaccinations

The number of flu cases in the state seems to have slowed, but the flu is so unpredictable that it could come back in another wave.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are telling people not to let down their guard against swine flu, saying people with an increased risk should get vaccinated.

State epidemiologist Kirby Kruger said the number of flu cases in the state seems to have slowed, but the flu is so unpredictable that it could come back in another wave.

The state reported 3,155 confirmed flu cases this week, an increase of just six in a little more than a week. Health officials say most of the cases are the swine flu, or H1N1, strain. Two deaths have been linked to the flu this season.

High risks groups include children ages 6 months to 18 years, caregivers of children younger than 6 months, pregnant women, health care providers and adults with other health problems.

Kruger said in a statement that vaccine supplies are expected to increase "substantially" in the state next month.

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On the Net:

ND flu shot clinic locater: www.ndflu.com.

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