(but please do have your children vaccinated)
You should be prepared and aware, but not worried or alarmed.
Number of Vehicular Deaths in the United States in 2008: 37,313
Average Annual Number of U.S. Deaths Attributed to Influenza: 36,000
Average Annual Number of U.S. Deaths Attributed to Heart Disease: 652,091
Average Annual Number of Global Deaths Attributed to Influenza: 250,000-500,000
Total Number of Global Swine Flu A/H1N1 Deaths to Date: 5,712*
Centers for Disease Control: Swine Flu | What's New
World Health Organization: Swine Influenza
Please note that the H1N1 virus that caused this pandemic in 2009-2010 is now a regular human flu virus and continues to circulate seasonally worldwide.
10 August 2010 -- WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan announced that the H1N1 influenza virus has moved into the post-pandemic period. However, localized outbreaks of various magnitudes are likely to continue.
Some things you can do:
Get vaccinated! Wash your hands frequently
Don't touch your face
Avoid public contact if you have flu symptoms
Make a plan for your kids in case of school closures
And please don't stockpile Tamiflu. That's dumb.
*As of 10/25/09
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