Oct 30, 2009

H1N1 Flu Virus Everything You Need to Know

H1N1 Flu virus activity is now widespread in 46 states. Nationwide, visits to doctors for influenza-like-illness are increasing sharply, and are now higher than what is usually seen at the peak of the flu seasons.......
Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of 2009 H1N1 flu was underway.
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Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses.
  • Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) increased sharply since last week in the United States, and overall, are much higher than what is expected at this time of the year.
  • Total influenza hospitalization rates for laboratory-confirmed flu are climbing and are higher than expected for this time of year.
  • From August 30, 2009 through October 10, 2009, states reported 4,958 laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations to CDC.
  • The percentage of 2009 H1N1 related hospitalizations that occurred among those 0 to 4 years old was 19%
  • Among those 5 years to 18 years was 25%
  • Among people 19 years to 24 years was 9%
  • Among those 25 years to 49 years was 24%
  • Among people 50 to 64 years was 15%
  • And, among people 65 years and older was 7%

What you need to know and where to find the information

Center for Disease Control 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
H1N1 Flu Facts, Prevention and Advice
60 Minutes H1N1 is Spreading Fast and Can Be Fatal (Video and Text Versions)
H1N1 Flu Shot, Alzheimer's and Dementia -- Our Decision on the Shot

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