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>> Saturday, October 17, 2009

Utah Departments try to keep up with demand for flu vaccine:

"If you think of an outbreak occurring on a bell-shaped curve, we appear to be at the base of what could be a steep climb to the peak," said UDOH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. "With vaccine in short supply, it's critical that people start taking proactive steps to protect themselves and their families against the disease."

Utah is one of 11 states that reported in the first week of October the spread of H1N1 is only on a regional level, not widespread as in 37 other states reporting their condition to the national Centers for Disease Control.

But new statewide data released Wednesday by the Utah Department of Health indicates a substantial increase in the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus throughout the state.
I find it ironic that a friend of mine--who told me that "swine flu" and its related hubbub was fake a couple of months ago--is now sick with the flu along with her entire family. I really have to fight the urge to ask how "fake" she thinks it is now that she's sick and suffering from it. Of course, she and her husband both work in those germ factories also known as schools.
And overall for the country, deaths from pneumonia and flu-like illnesses have passed what CDC considers an epidemic level. About 6 percent of all doctor visits are for flu-like illnesses, levels not normally seen until later in the fall.

The CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat says, "These are very sobering statistics."

This new strain is different from regular winter flu because it strikes the young far more than the old, and child deaths are drawing particular attention. Eighty-six children have died of swine flu in the U.S. since it burst on the scene last spring -- 43 of those deaths reported in September and early October alone, said CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat.

That's a startling number because in some past winters, the CDC has counted 40 or 50 child deaths for the entire flu season, she said, and no one knows how long this swine flu outbreak will last. Half of those early fall child deaths are among teenagers, also surprising as preschoolers are thought to be most vulnerable.

Also in contrast to regular winter flu, swine flu sometimes can cause a very severe viral pneumonia in otherwise healthy young adults, the World Health Organization warned Friday.
My friend should really be glad that her infant seems to be recovering the quickest.

Fake: As if!


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