CDC says do not let your guard down on the H1N1 virus - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/01/09

CDC says do not let your guard down on the H1N1 virus

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Again cases of H1N1 are down for the fourth week in a row, more evidence that the virus has peaked.  Now, the CDC is trying more than ever to get the word out that we can't relax and drop our guard or pediatric deaths may still skyrocket.  It is still widespread in 32 states and thousands are still getting sick.

"More are getting vaccinated and protected and as that happens, makes it harder to spread," said Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., and Director of the CDC.  "Although flu is going down it is far from gone. Flu lasts until May, only time will tell what this flu will bring."

So far, it has proven to be deadly. The CDC says since August, at least 234 children have died from H1N1, along with nearly 1000 adults. There are nearly 70 million doses of vaccine now available, and the CDC is urging children, pregnant women and other Americans who fall into a priority group, to get vaccinated, if they have not already. 

Health experts are concerned about the next wave, which could come at anytime. Experts say during the flu pandemic of 1957, an outbreak similar to H1N1, there was a surge of cases at the beginning of the school year and then a drop in late fall.  However, cases spiked again in January, February and March, leading experts to believe another wave of swine flu could be in our future.

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