Oct 27, 2009

H1N1 Influenza, Just the Facts.

With the spread of the H1N1 flu, it is important that you take the proper precautions. Hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol‐based hand rub is highly effective in reducing influenza A virus on human hands, although soap and water is the most effective intervention. Below are some facts about this strain of influenza. Click the links for more information.

Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) continued to increase in the United States, and overall, are higher than levels expected for this time of the year.

Total influenza hospitalization rates for laboratory-confirmed influenza are higher than expected for this time of year for adults and children. And for children 5-17 and adults 18-49 years of age, hospitalization rates from April – October 2009 exceed average flu season rates (for October through April).

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report has increased and now exceeds what is normally expected at this time of year.

Thirty-seven states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Any reports of widespread influenza activity in September and October are very unusual.

Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception


  1. Very informative 'Joe Friday' post, Ken.

  2. Love the info. Hopefully people will read it and not panic. Just washing your hands is a huge help.

  3. Ken clear, concise, and helpful, unlike many of the stories in the shock media industry which are likely to cause panic and don't help our health interests at all.

  4. Kinda makes me want to stay in the house and not risking getting sick (winks). Honestly it was a great overview. Paul is huge on the hand cleaners working in a school environment. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. As I said to you the other day, anyone who has the flu now has H1N1. The regular seasonal flu hasn't started yet. Also, I read today that the number of states with widespread flu activity is up to...I believe it was 46.

  6. dear Ken,
    ummm interesting...would you and Beth please weigh in on my three entries which are concerning the vaccines, the shot and that nasal spray and what the risks might be to the public.
    Solid topic Ken! thanks!


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