Number of H1N1 cases reported trending downward

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Centers for Disease Control says there's a steady decline in the number of H1N1 cases reported nationwide, and at the same time, the H1N1 vaccine is increasing in production. However, doctors are urging you and your family not to let your guard down just yet.

Since the H1N1 virus is so unpredictable, the CDC cannot say if the worst is over or has yet to surface.

But one thing is certain.

"All 10 regions of the U.S. are seeing a decrease," said Dr. Anne Schuchat with the CDC.

The only two states to see an increase are Hawaii and Maine. But, everywhere else, including Texas, there are dramatic declines.

"We were seeing about 280 patients or more a day with flu," said Dr. Crocker with Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. "And that's dropped off now, today we're seeing 70 patients."

ETMC emergency room physician, Dr. Colin Marino says they've seen the same trend.

"The decline is probably due to the diligence of the public," he said.

But, it is diligence he says we need to keep up, especially now that the holidays are here.

"As we get the colder winter months and people come closer together in a more confined environment you're more apt to get a virus like the flu," said Marino. "If we do not continue to be vigilant, then I think that we're going to get a resurgence of it."

So come Thanksgiving, if you're sick, the best gift you could give your loved ones may be to stay home.

As for the H1N1 vaccine, doctors are still urging target groups to get inoculated.

"You can't go and buy it on the internet there's a lot of people scamming on the internet so you have to check with your doctor," Marino.

Dr. Marino says it's not widely available here yet, but more is on the way so keep checking with your physician.

The CDC says there are 11-million more doses of the vaccine now than a week ago.

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