H1N1 swine flu “A disease of the young”

Percentage of Hospitilizations by Age Group

Percentage of Hospitilizations by Age Group

According to CDC statistics released this week, forty-six states are reporting widespread influenza activity. Developing data trends also underscore how H1N1 impacts the yoing.

Over the period Sep 1 to Oct 10, reports from 27 states revealed that 52 percent of persons hospitalized with H1N1 flu were under the age of 25. Only 7 percent of hospitalizations were among people aged 65 and older. According to CDC, during seasonal flu, around 60 percent of hospitalizations occur in people 65 and over.

Reporting from 28 states over the same period, indicated nearly 24 percent of deaths due to H1N1 occurred in young people under the age of 25. Just 12 percent of deaths were among people over age 65. In a normal year, 90 percent of those who die from influenza are over 65.

Dr Anne Schuchat, who is the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, cautions the reporting is preliminary and may understate the extent of H1N1. However, the emerging picture is that H1N1 is, as she termed, “a disease of the young.”

Percentage of Deaths by Age Group

Percentage of Deaths by Age Group

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CDC: Q&A 2009 H1N1 Flu (“Swine Flu”) and You, 20 Oct 2009
Reuters: Swine flu sends mostly under-25s to hospital: CDC
LA Times: CDC: H1N1 is Disease of the Young

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  1. […] Pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1), as has been widely documented, has had a greater burden on younger populations. In a normal flu season, 90% of deaths are in persons over age 65. With pH1N1 the percentages have been nearly reversed with 88% of deaths occuring in persons under 65. […]