Navigation Links
At Least 114 U.S. Kids Dead From Swine Flu
Date:10/30/2009

Two-thirds had chronic health problems, CDC says,,

FRIDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- At least 114 U.S. children have now died from laboratory-confirmed H1N1 swine flu, including 19 during the past week -- the largest one-week increase since the outbreak began in April, U.S. health officials said Friday.

But these deaths are almost certainly an underestimation of the actual number, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during an afternoon press conference Friday.

"We can provide information on the number of laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations and deaths -- we know that that's an underestimation of the total," he said.

Of the children who have died, two-thirds had chronic health problems such as asthma, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, Frieden said.

"In a usual flu season, 90 percent of the deaths are among people over the age of 65. In H1N1, 90 percent of the deaths are in people under the age of 65," he said.

The swine flu continues to spread throughout the country; for most people the infections are mild to moderate. It is now widespread in 48 states, although there are signs it has begun to recede in some Southeastern states, he said.

Frieden said the latest statistics continue to show that H1N1 swine flu is a disease that afflicts younger people, and can be especially serious for those underlying medical conditions. "In the past two months, we have seen more hospitalizations in people under the age of 65 than in most entire flu seasons," he said.

"One of the things we have been surprised to see," Frieden added, "is that even among people who have an underlying condition, such as asthma or heart disease or lung disease, only half sought care for influenza-like illness. People with underlying conditions with fever and cough should see their [health-care] provider promptly."

While vaccine shortages persist, there are 26.6 million doses now in circulation, up from 16.1 million doses last week. The supply is "increasing steadily," said Frieden. "The gap between supply and demand is closing."

Production delays have resulted in far fewer doses of the vaccine being available than federal officials had hoped for by this time. The first estimates called for 40 million doses by the end of October and 190 million doses by year's end.

Since the genetics of the virus have not changed, the vaccine is a good match, Frieden said.

Frieden also said there is a stronger than usual demand for the seasonal flu vaccine, prompting some shortages. "Of the 89 million doses that have already been distributed, the overwhelming majority have already been given," he said. But more doses will be available in November and December.

Supplies of the antiviral drug Tamiflu should be plentiful, but there have been shortages of the liquid form given to children, Frieden said. To help overcome that shortage, the federal government is releasing the 234,000 remaining doses of liquid Tamiflu that have been stockpiled, he said.

More information

For more on the H1N1 swine flu, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



SOURCES: Oct. 30, 2009, teleconference with Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Young adults visit doctors least at an age when risky behavior peaks
2. Pangea Communications and FaxBack Extend Their Alliance to Streamline Least Cost Routing and Enhance the Reliability of VoIP-Fax
3. Annual costs of stroke in US children at least $42 million
4. Spanish prostitutes least likely to use condoms
5. Analysis of FDA Adverse Events Data Reveals at Least 106 Serious Conditions Reported Among Reglan Users
6. At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico
7. At Least 16 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico
8. The Most Common Cause of Hair Loss Is the Least Suspected, Warns Trichology Expert
9. American Society of Hematology Urges Congress to Increase FY2010 NIH Funding by at least 7 Percent, Calls on Public to Join Effort
10. Midwestern and Southern States Receive Least Federal Funding for Disease Prevention
11. CareerCast.com Reports on Most and Least Stressful Professions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history ... The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and ... WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite ... regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information about the technology: ... develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. ... pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, ... a treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart ... or more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. ... Day Software and Consulting, LLC , and named its ... Software, based in Tennessee , will ... Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health care partners ... "In an interoperable world, ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), ... call and webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, beginning ... ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 a.m. ... 2017 financial performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom executives ... enhance operational performance, and long-range financial outlook through 2020. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader ... and immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax ... of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided ... access to enabling technologies to the new precision ... lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: