CDC: Swine Flu Deaths Pass 1000; Symptoms Hit as H1N1 Vaccine Stalls
Oct 26, 2009
The 'second wave' of Swine Flu is here according to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC. He noted in a daily briefing on Friday that since H1N1 symptoms hit at the beginning of the pandemic in April and May, more than a thousand deaths from pandemic influenza (100 of those are children) and more than 20,000 hospitalizations have occurred in the US.
The vaccine that President Obama and all other government officials are pushing people to get is unavailable in some spots, and limited in others. Once it was thought there would be 40 million doses available right now. There were only 16 million doses ready on Friday.
Now those that want the vaccine are having trouble finding it and the CDC says they are frustrated but they are working as fast as possible to get the vaccination to doctors.
One note of good news from the presser on Friday, Dr. Frieden revealed that the H1N1 influenza remains overwhelmingly 'susceptible to Tamiflu, so people who are severely ill or have underlying conditions who get sick can rapidly be treated.'
More on H1N1 and the Swine Flu symptoms and how to keep yourself from catching the flu from infected people here. There are several links to the CDC there as well and the reports also notes what to look for in children and infants if you believe they may be coming down with the Swine flu.
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