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New H1N1 Virus

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Experts fear the H1N1 flu may be mutating to a more dangerous virus. World Health Organization shows in a recent report, the swine flu may have transformed into a more lethal virus.

The report shows cases of the new strain have come up in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Experts say it's typical for viruses to mutate over time which requires new vaccinations however they say this new strain could infect people who have already had their shot.

With more research to be done, local doctors say people still need to get their flu shots now just in case.

"There is always a little bit of mutation within influenza viruses, " Director of the Public Health Department Matt Richardson says, "This year has the latest and greatest version of the flu virus to be able to boost antibody production in your body and to fight off the flu."

Richardson says they have seen about a dozen people already with the flu, but no one with the H1N1.

If you are interested in getting your flu shot, all the Walgreens, WalMarts, CVS's will be giving flu shots.

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