H1N1 update from CDC - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/21/09

H1N1 update from CDC

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - CDC officials say they are starting to see a drop-off in H1N1 flu cases, however some regions are still seeing heavy activity, and they expect the virus to continue to spread. 

Experts say the latest studies show the seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against the new strain of the flu.  They say children appear to have no protective antibodies against H1N1; however, older adults do have some degree of pre-existing immunity.  One percent of cases are in adults over age 65, 64% of cases are in the five to 24-year-old range. 

Experts say more than 100,000 Americans are likely infected with the H1N1 virus, although they have only confirmed just over 5000 cases.

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