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Can you get H1N1 flu more than once?

My daughter was told that her son had H1N1 flu and after he got over it, she was told that he did not need to be vaccinated because he couldn't get it more than once.   Is this true, can you only get this type of flu only once?
In Topics: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Nov 17, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Karen:

Yes, you can only get H1N1 once this year, however, very few people are tested by state laboratories certified to confirm H1N1. Most pediatricians use an influenza test that is positive for influenza A and is suggestive of the H1n1.  The AAP and the CDC recommend that the vaccine be given to children to avoid the confusion of "did I or didn't I" have the illness.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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