WHY then do we have a State of Emergency? When there are MORE People who have died from the Regular flu - than have died from the Swine Flu? Also, I don't recall ever having a State of Emergency called for the Regular flu - which causes MORE Deaths - estimated 30000 in U.S. alone!
People NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS!!! The mortality Rate is LESS Than 1% of all who catch the Swine Flu!
Now - We need to ASK - why the craziness over getting a Vaccine for Something that has Such a LOW mortality rate? WHY the Big Scare? WHY the state of emergency? WHY such media attention over something that is nothing?!
Meanwhile, 34 more children have been reported dead to CDC during the week Nov. 15 to Nov. 21.
It provided new estimates of the most likely impact of Swine Flu in numbers, a staggering rise over what has been reported so far:
* CDC estimates that between 14 million and 34 million cases of 2009 H1N1 occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 22 million people infected with 2009 H1N1.
* CDC estimates that between about 63,000 and 153,000 2009 H1N1-related hospitalizations occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 98,000 H1N1-related hospitalizations.
* CDC estimates that between about 2,500 and 6,000 2009 H1N1-related deaths occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 3,900 2009 H1N1-related deaths.
The new model of estimating the hospitalizations and deaths, while not entirely accurate, provides the true scale of the illness burden imposed by H1N1, particularly on young people, said the CDC.
It now estimates that between 5 to 13 million children under 17 fell ill during the period. It now estimates that 23,000 to 53,000 were hospitalized.
Between 7 to 18 million people aged 17 to 64 fell sick and 34,000 to 83,000 were admitted to hospital. The CDC added it may never be possible to provide an accurate figure but the median of these ranges probably provides a more accurate figure on just how widespread the impact of Swine Flu has been.
The CDC said it again proves that Swine Flu has been a disease of younger people.
“The results of this method confirm previous epidemiological data indicating that this disease primarily affects people younger than 65 year old, with the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths overwhelmingly occurring in people 64 years and younger,” it said.
“This is very different from seasonal influenza, where about 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older.
“The proportion of younger people being impacted by 2009 H1N1 is much greater than what occurs during seasonal flu and people 65 and older are much less affected by this virus than what routinely occurs with seasonal influenza,” it said. ” The results generated by this method also underscore the continued importance of the 2009 H1N1 vaccination program and support the recommended target groups for vaccination.”
“This methodology and the resulting estimates also underscore the substantial under-reportingthat occurs when laboratory-confirmed outcomes are the sole method used to capture hospitalizations and deaths,” it adds.
“Since the outbreak began in April, states have reported 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths to CDC. Cumulative reports of laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths for the same period used in this analysis (April through October 17, 2009), are 17,283 hospitalizations and 1,004 deaths,” it said.
“CDC has maintained since the beginning of this outbreak that laboratory-confirmed data on hospitalizations and deaths reported to CDC is an underestimation of the true number that have occurred because of incomplete testing, inaccurate test results, or diagnosis that attribute hospitalizations and deaths to other causes, for example, secondary complications to influenza.”
“The estimates derived from this methodology provide the public, public health officials and policy makers a sense of the health impact of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. While these numbers are an estimate, CDC feels that they present a fuller picture of the burden of 2009 H1N1 disease on the United States,” it said.
Meanwhile, more children have died from Swine Flu in the week between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21.
“The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report continues to be higher than expected for this time of year. This proportion has remained elevated for eight weeks now,” it said.
In addition, 35 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported this week: 27 of these deaths were associated with laboratory confirmed 2009 H1N1; 7 were influenza A viruses, but were not subtyped (probably h1N1) and one death was associated with a seasonal influenza A (H1) virus,” it said.
The one death associated with seasonal influenza A (H1) virus infection reported this week actually occurred in March, during the 2008-09 season.
Since April 2009, CDC has received reports of 234 laboratory-confirmed pediatric deaths: 198 due to 2009 H1N1, 35 pediatric deaths that were laboratory confirmed as influenza, but the flu virus subtype was not determined, and one pediatric death associated with a seasonal influenza virus.
The CDC said the rate of hospitalization remained high even though more and more states are now reporting sporadic Swine Flu activity rather than intense infections.
The new estimates and current hospitalization rates show the disease has primarily affected younger people. Currently children aged 0 to 4 remain the most hospitalized in the U.S.