H1N1 (swine flu) weekly update: Oct. 14 – 20

fluOct22Here are this week’s H1N1 updates from the HealthMap team of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program.

  • Trinidad & Tobago and Iceland have reported their first H1N1 deaths.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the ongoing H1N1 pandemic remains a cause for concern because of its unpredictable nature, and announced that more than 4735 deaths can now be attributed to the virus. In addition, the WHO identified those most at risk and underscored the risk to the young and healthy. Doctors have been urged to treat suspect cases quickly, as the virus may cause viral pneumonia much more commonly than seasonal influenza.
  • The FDA has warned of online products purported to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure the H1N1 influenza virus.
  • The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories have confirmed H1N1 in 3 pigs exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair (held Aug. 26-Sept. 1). These are the first pigs in the US diagnosed with pandemic H1N1.
  • The CDC announced that approximately 6 million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been shipped throughout the United States, however about 25% fewer doses than expected will be available this month because of delays in production.
  • A recent study from the University of California at Davis may explain why many people over the age of 60 carry antibodies or other types of immunity against the new virus.
  • The humanitarian agency World Vision, has warned that the spread of H1N1 to developing countries, without adequate means to track the outbreak or to treat those infected, could prove disastrous.

For more information from Children’s Hospital Boston on the seasonal and H1N1 flus, visit our Flu Information Center.

4 thoughts on “H1N1 (swine flu) weekly update: Oct. 14 – 20

  1. Both my kids and I had flu like symptoms within the last 3 weeks. Kids were sicker than me. Everybody recovered. My husband stayed healthy (born before 1957!) Up to 40% of children in certain classes of their school are out with flu like symptoms. I assume this was H1N1. (no testing done) I do not plan to get H1N1 vaccine for any of us. Why risk vaccine side effects if you had the disease already? But here is the question: When should you get the seasonal flu vaccine after (presumed) H1N1 infection? My kids still need it.

  2. Back in 1978, I had Gullian Barr’e and recovered 99%. With H1N1, should I be getting the H1N1 flu shot???

    Your prompt attention most appreciated and I live in Toronto, Canada and next week the H1N1 shot will be made available to everyone.

    Joe

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