HHS declares H1N1 public health emergency over

H1N1 influenza, in federal terms, is no longer a public health emergency.

CIDRAP News reports that officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed the emergency declaration to lapse on June 23.

"The current March 26 determination is scheduled to expire on June 23, and, based on the current circumstances, will not be renewed," the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release.

HHS officials say the decision follows months of low flu activity and was based as well on low levels of hospitalizations for flu-like illnesses, according to CIDRAP News. Additionally, the report states, over 80 million Americans have already received an H1N1 vaccine.

"There is no longer a significant demand for the medical countermeasures that required a public health emergency declaration and emergency use authorizations," the HHS said in the release, according to CIDRAP News. "It is likely that other countries will be taking similar actions in the coming weeks and months based on their own assessments."

The World Health Organization remains at full phase six pandemic alert, according to CIDRAP News, because the virus continues to fester in some regions of the global.

HHS officials said that Americans should still consider the threat of H1N1 and seasonal flu "seriously," and suggested that vaccinations - especially for those traveling to the Southern Hemisphere - remain a good precaution.