CDC Update: Swine Flu Activity 11-22-2009

Posted on: November 22, 2009

Percentage of Visits for Flu-like Illness from October 1, 2006 - November 14, 2009

The number of doctor visits for flu-like illness has slightly dropped recently. This could be a long-term indicator or a mere fluctuation. We have entered the third week of consecutive decreases after four weeks of sharp increases. This may be the effect of the vaccine program.

How many doses of H1N1 are available?

There are now up to 54.1 million doses of the vaccine available for use. This is an increase of nearly 11 million from the week before. A huge increase will be seen in the near future when the fifth supplier, GlaxoSmithKline, begins to deliver vaccines. There are no figures on how many of these vaccines have actually been administered to patients.

No New Side-Effects of H1N1 Vaccine

There have not been any reports of major side effects from administration of the H1N1 vaccine. A small number of people have reported being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome being vaccinated. However, the number has not crossed the national baseline for the disease.


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