CDC: Nearly 50 million Americans infected with H1N1 virus

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Nearly 50 million people have been infected with the novel influenza A H1N1 virus as of last month and nearly 10,000 have died, including 1,100 children, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

The new estimates run from April, when the new virus first emerged, through Nov. 14 and are based on extrapolations from multiple sources of data, said Director Thomas R. Frieden.

Most of the infections and deaths occurred in people younger than 65, which is unusual for flu, he said.

“Many times more children and younger adults unfortunately have been hospitalized or killed by H1N1 influenza than occurs during a usual flu season,” Dr. Frieden said. “This is a flu that is much harder on younger people

The estimates would mean that about 15 percent of the U.S. has been infected by the new virus as of last month, he said. Recent reports have shown a decline in the number of states reporting widespread flu activity and when the latest report is released Friday “it is likely to show that disease continues to decline as the current wave recedes,” Dr. Frieden said. In Georgia, in fact, the week that ended Tuesday saw only two hospitalizations and no deaths, the second week in a row that no one has died from the new virus in Georgia. Hospitalizations have been on the decline since the end of September in Georgia and flu expert James Wilde of Medical College of Georgia said earlier this week that three major Augusta hospitals have not reported a confirmed case in at least four weeks. In the week that ended Saturday in South Carolina, there were 15 hospitalizations and five deaths, bringing the state’s total to 41 fatal cases since Sept. 1, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The amount of influenza-like activity in South Carolina declined for the second week in a row, according to SCDHEC.

The virus emerged in the Spring and fizzled out over the summer before re-emerging in a second wave in the fall that now appears to be on the decline. Experts on split on whether there will be a third wave after the first of the year, as has happened in some past flu pandemics.

“The truth is we don’t know,” Dr. Frieden said. “Only time will tell. That’s why vaccination remains the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from H1N1 influenza.”

There were 12 million more doses made available this week, he said, bringing the national total to 85 million doses.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 05:54 pm
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That's just the cases they

That's just the cases they know about. How many people that you know go get tested for what strain of flu they have? They get the flu, either get sick or get better and go back to work if they get better. No one in my family got tested for which strain of flu we just got over, or the one we got before that one. For all we know it could have been a relapse of the same flu. I hear H1N1 had a double whammy, so it is possible. I know someone who did get tested, and did have it, but the test was $700, thankfully covered by insurance, so she only had to pay a co-pay. How many people can afford to do that if they don't have insurance. So truth be told, if they're saying 50 million are infected, it is more than likely the true figure is a whole lot higher.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 05:54 pm
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The same thing for deaths,

The same thing for deaths, the figure is probably a lot higher than 10,000 people and 1,100 children.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 05:56 pm
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Yes, I saw that they

Yes, I saw that they extrapolated the data. So they did. But the data isn't all there to extrapolate from.

JacquesUlar
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JacquesUlar 12/10/09 - 06:01 pm
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The only number that matters

The only number that matters is how many healthy folks (with no other complications and underlying health issues) have died from H1N1 alone. I'll give you a hint, you won't need to take your socks off to count.

soldout
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soldout 12/10/09 - 07:00 pm
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You can't always trust the

You can't always trust the CDC. They tend to inflate numbers and not the other way around. The shot does have some risks as reported below. I wouldn't make the decision to get the shot without considering all the information out there. There is also a miscarriage risk.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/05/Swine-Flu-...

tdp
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tdp 12/10/09 - 07:14 pm
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Soldout....I see you are

Soldout....I see you are quoting Mercola. Have you noticed how many products he tries to sell you everytime you read one of his articles? You have to question the motive of someone who obviously appears to be motivated by the almighty dollar. Think about it! BTW, my 4 year old has received two H1N1 shots now (the first one over a month ago) and she is just fine.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/10/09 - 07:53 pm
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Sounds like the government

Sounds like the government attempt to make 'Obamacare' look more important to the survival of the country. I estimate this estimation is a bunch of b.s. .

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/10/09 - 07:57 pm
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I lived through the "swine

I lived through the "swine flu" scam. Only soldiers at Fort Dix caught it and only a couple "died". The country wasn't panicked and there was a lot of unsold "vaccine" left over. This effort is much better orchestrated. While I know that the flu passes in waves, so does government b.s., especially when the left wing politics is driving the boat.

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corgimom 12/10/09 - 09:10 pm
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Remember when soldout was

Remember when soldout was telling us how "it was much ado over nothing" and then kept reporting that influenza only caused 1600 deaths per year? Soldout has sure changed his tune, hasn't he? I put more trust in the CDC than your crazy quack sites, soldout.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/10/09 - 10:36 pm
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This is a completely

This is a completely irresponsible press release by the CDC. The data in now way, shape, or form supports these numbers. Just another scare tactic to further their agenda and funding.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/11/09 - 04:59 am
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lot of folks...

lot of folks...

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