Oct 18, 2009

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Situation Update

The number of reported cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) are rising dramatically. Last year for the second week of October-- 7. This year? 5,000. So far more than 800 deaths.

H1N1 is a pandemic disease.

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You need to give considerable consideration of whether or not to get a H1N1 flue shot.

U.S. Situation Update
Weekly Flu Activity Estimates

U.S. Patient Visits Reported for Influenza-like Illness (ILI)

Some people are more likely to get flu complications and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms this season.

They are:

  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People 65 and older
  • Pregnant women

  • People who have:

    • Cancer
    • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
    • Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Kidney disorders
    • Liver disorders
    • Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
    • Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
    • Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)
    Also, it’s possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.

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