The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as many as 3,900 people have died from the H1N1 influenza and more than 98,000 children, adults and seniors have been hospitalized with the virus since April—numbers that are roughly three times higher than earlier estimates. Further, the CDC estimates that about 22 million people have been infected by the virus during that same six-month swing. Roughly 8 million cases of the virus have been found in infants and young adults up to the age of 17, compared with 12 million for those aged 18-64 and 2 million for those 65 or older. About 19% of adults who have been hospitalized with the virus were also diabetic, with 25% of them needing intensive care, said Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Schuchat said there are 41.6 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine available, though it’s still “somewhat less than what the manufacturers were expected to reach at this point.”
Late News: 98,000 hospitalized, 3,900 dead so far in U.S. from H1N1 virus
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