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H1N1 has not killed 17,000 Americans expected the past 7 months

• Reuters
 H1N1 swine flu killed an estimated 3,900 Americans from April to October, including more than 500 children, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

Better data than was previously available shows the flu pandemic has infected an estimated 22 million Americans and put 98,000 in the hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Children account for 8 million of the infected, 36,000 of those hospitalized and 540 deaths.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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What do I mean?  The annual death rate from all flu is 36,000.  (7 months / 12 months) x 36,000 annual deaths - 3,900 actual deaths = 17,100 missing but predicted deaths.  Now this 3,900 did not include those who died of other flu strains in the USA during this time period.  Those need to be extracted too.  But so far the number of deaths is much less than feared from H1N1.  Could it get much higher?

Absolutely.  But it is likely the vaccine would no longer protect against it as it would likely be a new strain causing a greatly increased death rate.

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