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Why Seniors Really Should Fear Swine Flu
The CDC's vaccination advice for the over-65 set has been misleading.
According to a new analysis, the CDC's own numbers show clearly and unequivocally that H1N1 is more than twice as deadly to seniors as to children. As a result, "many older adults undoubtedly underestimate their own risk and the importance of getting vaccinated," says Peter Sandman, a longtime scholar of risk communication. "Older adults have been told they don't have to worry, and that's not true. If the virus comes back, people will die."
Sandman's analysis of the latest estimates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here, but let me summarize the basics. Children 0 to 17 are likeliest to catch swine flu. But adults (18 to 64) and seniors (65 and older) are much more likely to die of the disease. Kids are least likely to die if they catch swine flu.
Specifically, an estimated 21.3 percent of children 0 to 17 (of whom there are 75 million) have contracted H1N1. Of those 16 million cases, there have been 71,000 hospitalizations and 1,090 deaths. That works out to a case-hospitalization rate (the chance of being hospitalized if you contract H1N1) of 0.44 percent, and a case-fatality rate (the risk of dying of the flu if you get it) of 0.007 percent.
Source and Full Story: Newsweek
Swine flu may drag into 2011, WHO chief says
H1N1 has peaked in
Many more people could become sick with swine flu this winter even though it has peaked in
The worst of the swine flu outbreak is over in the United States, Canada, Britain and some other countries in the northern hemisphere, said Dr. Margaret Chan.
Source and Full Story: MSNBC
More swine flu vaccine recalled: FDA
Source and Full Story: Reuters
Too many H1N1 shots? Push this week will tell
Officials launch swine flu vaccine campaign even as demand steeply drops
There's finally plenty of vaccine — 136 million doses and counting — against what scientists call the 2009 H1N1 flu strain. No more standing in long lines at the health department. CVS drugstores have so much the chain is touting vaccine in national radio and TV ads. Competitor Walgreens got more than 50,000 takers in a single day last week.
Because the virus hasn't mutated yet, specialists expect this H1N1 strain to be designated part of next fall's all-in-one vaccine when regulators meet in February to set the recipe.
Source and Full Story: MSNBC