Swine flu update from the CDC - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/6/09

Swine flu update from the CDC

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Researchers at the CDC confirm more cases of H1N1 have been detected in the United States, and while a majority of them are not severe, they remain concerned. 

There are now 642 confirmed cases of H1N1, or swine flu, in the US. There have been 35 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. Most of the cases are in teenagers and experts are not sure if this is because they were the first group to be exposed or if elderly adults have developed some form of immunity. 

CDC officials released new information for pregnant women who may have the flu, advising them to treat a fever right away, drink plenty of fluids, and rest.  They also say women should continue breastfeeding as it appears to protect their baby.  They also say that they expect to see more cases in all 50 states.

Acting Director of the CDC Richard Besser, M.D., said, "We need to remain vigilant, we cannot let up on this. It's important that people understand their shared responsibility, people need to continue to wash their hands, cover coughs, and most importantly when they're sick not send their kids to school, not go to work when they're sick, these measures can help reduce the spread in communities and keep people protected." 

CDC officials say they are moving forward with the first steps for a swine flu vaccine, and that seasonal flu vaccine production is underway.

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