CDC: Swine Flu Killed as Many as 17,000 Americans, Including 1,800 Children
Posted on February 12, 2010Reuters reports that the H1N1 influenza virus killed as many as 17,000 Americans from April 2009 to January 16, 2010. The CDC says as many as 1,800 of the deaths were children. The CDC estimates that between 183,000 and 378,000 people were hospitalized with H1N1 swine flu during the time period.
Of the 17,000 deaths only about 1,000 to 2,000 were adults over the age of 65. That is atypical of a normal flu season. In a typical flu outbreak about 90% of those killed are over age 65.
The New York Times says the CDC has recorded very little seasons flu this year. Most of the flu cases have been H1N1.