Continued H1N1 Activity in Southeast Raises Concerns About Third Wave

Posted on March 29, 2010

H1N1 virusThe CDC is reporting that the H1N1 swine flu virus is still active. H1N1 is very active in the southeast, particularly Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Flu-related hospitalizations in Georgia were higher in February than they were during October. CNN reports that 190 people were hospitalized because of H1N1 in Georgia in February.
Schuchat said Georgia had more laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 than any other state for the third week in a row. According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, 190 people were hospitalized in the state because of H1N1 between February 24 and March 16. Eighty Georgians were hospitalized with H1N1 in the first week of March. The last time that many people were hospitalized for H1N1 in Georgia was at the end of September.
The CDC is encouraging people to get vaccinated. The CDC says this is the best way to prevent the virus. The CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat says she's "concerned about the people who will suffer needlessly because there is vaccine available and people, particularly ones with diabetes, heart disease, cancer and pregnancy will need to take advantage of the vaccine."
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