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CDC reports widespread H1N1 influenza swine flu in half the nation

The CDC reported this morning that a second wave of H1N1 influenza is now widespread in 26 states across the United States.  A map on the CDC website (see link below), shows the individual states and how deeply each is being affected.  To see your state, click here CDC H1N1 Map of the US

The Center for Disease Control held a press conference on Friday to discuss flu shots and nationwide coverage.  There will be plenty of shots available and should be distributed within the first two weeks of October.    

Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated, “The CDC estimates that there will be approximately 90,000 vaccine points across the states.  Much of the initial vaccine will be in the form of a flu mist vaccine, which will be utilized for health care workers among others who most require the vaccine.  In this flu season, there is no prediction whether the H1N1 nasal spray or the vaccination is more effective. Persons with underlying conditions are not recommended to receive the vaccine.  The CDC recommends that parents of children under six months of age should be vaccinated.  Furthermore, children older than six months of age should be vaccinated, as well as pregnant woman who are at risk (about six times) of serious illness.”  

For week ending September 12, 2009 widespread H1N1 has spread through half of the states.  The CDC map shows individual states and the level of reported H1N1 cases.  Every state in the south has been mapped with widespread H1N1 influenza. 

The CDC recommends that most people get the regular flu shot and the H1N1 (swine) shot as soon as they are available.  

This is a chart from the CDC website that states exactly which groups will need the H1N1 vaccine.  The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a panel made up of medical and public health experts, recommends several groups receive the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available:

Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated.

Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Vaccination of those in close contact with infants less than 6 months old might help protect infants by “cocooning” them from the virus.

Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients. Also, increased absenteeism among healthcare professionals could reduce healthcare system capacity.

All people from 6 months through 24 years of age

Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because there have been many cases of H1N1 (Swine) flu in children and they are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread.

Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because there have been many cases of H1N1 (Swine) flu in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population.

Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

According to a report on Friday morning on Good Morning America, there will not be a shortage of the flu shots this year, and in most cases they will be free.

    9 Responses to “CDC reports widespread H1N1 influenza swine flu in half the nation”

    1. hsr0601 says:

      1. Swine flu vaccines are thought to be safe and effective as the initial symptom is mild.

      2. Folks need to stay vigilant on refraining form the in-take of pork, just in case of the mutation.

      (( Genes included in the new swine flu have been circulating undetected in pigs for at least a decade, according to researchers who have sequenced the genomes of more than 50 samples of the virus. The findings suggest that in the future, pig populations will need to be monitored more closely for emerging influenza viruses, reported a team led by Rebecca Garten of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report released by the journal Science.))

      3. Additionally, a simple action like brushing teeth following each and every meal could make a big difference in our immune system, let alone workout, I believe.

      Thank You !

    2. RickinToronto says:

      The world’s health organizations are corrupt. They are vaccine-pushers. Hospitals and doctors are not even testing a decent number of patients…so the assessment is invalid. I think the propaganda is the epidemic.

      Shame on government getting in bed with pharma. And I hope the politicians are pleased with the minuscule amount of jobs this creates in North America. We are moving from a military-industrial state to military-pharma-chema-industrial state. Government has lost sight of its role.

    3. I actually respect this post. I have been wanting all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You may have made my day! Thanks again!

    4. Cenk says:

      I was curious of your opoiinn about the H1N1 vaccine? My son is a severe asthmatic with a dairy allergy. At age one he recieved the flu shot and H1N1 shot. From that weekend on he was severely sick. We were in and out of the emergency room weekly, there was one ambulance call, and 2 hospitalizations all due to not being able to breath. Multiple testing of H1N1, pnemonia,& bronchitis were uncertain. He continued like this from November till July the following year. My son is now three and my husband and I have different opoiinns on getting him both these shots this year. We did not last year and also had a healthy child all year. Do you think these shots could have induced or caused his sickness? Does his asthma or allergy make him respond differently to these shots? I have had so many mixed answers I don’t know what to do and cold season is upon us. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait…

    5. Violet says:

      Elaine both Gord and I had our flu shots back the end of October as we always do, hveeowr what ever they have put in this years batch did not work for us, Gord got it a few days before Christmas but seem to recover pretty fast, but then I got it just before the new year and it hit me like a ton of bricks at first I thought it was a real bad cold then it turned out to be the flu and to-day I will be taking my last pill for it which has done wonders, I guess I should have gone to the Doctor sooner We still do not understand why we got sick as we never usually get it when we have our shot every year maybe they should have left the new what ever they call it out of the shot, and just given us our regular flu shot.

    6. Harumi says:

      Kate, This pandemic H1N1 is a very dieffrent virus than seasonal H1N1. The details are found in my blog post, and the link is provided above. The virus was first discovered in Mexico in March 2009, too late to be included in the regular influenza vaccine. Many people are getting ill before the vaccine has become available. Things are going to be messy for the next 5-6 months or so.

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