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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Swine Flu (H1N1) Estimated To Have Jumped 1Million Mark

Map of the spread of Influenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths
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Even though the official lab reported by WHO figures remain less than 100,000, Centers for Decease Control (CDC) have issued estimations based on surveys which says the ballpark figure to be over 1 million people. It continues to rise as the number of infections seem to continue.

So far the flu has spread to many areas of the country, Dr. Schuchat noted, and the C.D.C. has heard of outbreaks in 34 summer camps in 16 states. In total about 3,000 Americans have been hospitalized, she said, and 127 have died.

According to Dr. Schuchat, five American vaccine companies are working on a swine flu vaccine. It is estimated that once the new vaccine is tested for both safety and effectiveness, there will be about 60 million doses will be available by September. Since there will be difficult choices to take determining whom to give the vaccines, it will be beneficial to keep your health in top form.

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