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Once I have recovered from the flu or H1N1, will I get it again?

It is possible to come down with the flu (influenza) more than once. Your body's immune system will be able to fight off the strain of flu virus that made you sick the first time. However, the flu virus can change its structure and create new strains, which can slip by your immune system and make you sick. There is some good news, though. Once you have had the flu, you may have milder symptoms if you become infected with the virus a second time.

If you had H1N1 you are unlikely to get sick again from the same virus, but you are susceptible to new flu strains, so you should still get an annual flu shot.  

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