Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Swine Flu Epidemic Update 36

Some interesting notes:
1.  The CDC announced that about 15% of the U.S. population has had swine flu.  The number of cases appears to be declining since late October.  Almost 10,000 people have died from swine flu or complications from swine flu.  The age breakdown is instructive.  Deaths: 0-17 y/o about 11%, 18-64 about 75%, >65 y/o about 13%.  In contrast, with regular influenza, >90% of deaths are in the >65 y/o category.  The numbers of deaths roughly parallels the number of cases and of hospitalizations.
2.  Today there was an announcement that some lots of vaccine from Sanofi-Aventis did not contain enough antigen as required.  The CDC is NOT recommending that people who were vaccinated from these lots be re-vaccinated.

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