CDC: swine flu activity on the decline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated the swine flu activity report on its website saying that the swine flu or h1n1 virus activity over the last week remained the same as the prior week.
Hospitalization rates were similar to the ones seen in the previous week which were generally lower than they have been, but still higher than expected for this time of year.
No state has reported widespread swine flu activity. Only some regional activity was reported in Alabama, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and Virginia.
Fewer deaths attributed to pneunonial and flu were reported this week than the previous week.
Of the 321 laboratory-confirmed pediatric deaths reported to the CDC since April 2009, 272 were associated with 2009 swine flu virus, 47 with unknown subtypes of flu and two with seasonal flu.
But this week nine children died with swine flu with eight suffering the 2009 h1n1 flu pandemic strain and one carrying another h1n1 strain.
The CDC continues to reiterate that the vaccine is the best medicine to prevent the flu and recommends all Americans receive the swine flu vaccine.
A new poll by Harvard School of Public Health shows that 44 percent of Americans believe that the so called 2009 H1N1 pandemic is over even though health officials at the CDC suggests otherwise.
By Jimmy Downs