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H1N1 virus hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise, says CDC

Posted On Mon, January 18, 2010

A newly released report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is
suggesting that there was an uptick in hospitalizations and deaths
related to the H1N1 Virus to end 2009.

According to figures released Friday, the CDC estimated that more
Americans have either fallen ill because of the H1N1 virus or perished
from it since the last time data was collected.

Using information from April until December 12, 2009, the CDC estimated
that between 173,000 and 362,000 Americans had been hospitalized due to
the H1N1 virus with a median figure of 246,000.

The figures were elevated when compared to statistics taken between
April and November 14, 2009 when the number of hospitalizations had
ranged from 154,000 to 303,000 Americans with a middle figure of
213,000.

The same could be said for figures involving deaths related to the virus.
While the April-November figures had estimated between 7,070 and 13,930
H1N1 related deaths with a median figure of 9,820, the numbers again
increased when stretching the sample area, In December, the CDC
estimated between 7,880 and 16,460 deaths from the virus with a median
figure of 11,160.

While the H1N1 virus continues to spread, the CDC added that only 1 in 5
Americans had been vaccinated against the illness. While not an
essential vaccination, preventing one's self from potentially falling
victim to more serious health problems as a result of the virus is a
good decision for many, particularly for those who do not want to see an
illness cause a rise in their health or life insurance premiums.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19564040-ADNFCR

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