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Family Health – H1N1 Swine Flu Peaking in US but Hospitalization, Deaths Still on the Rise

Lately you may have heard a lot of talk about the current H1N1 Swine Flu ‘peaking’ in the United States, at least that is what the CDC is saying. But the number of new cases of H1N1 remains enough to still classify this disease as an epidemic and the flu is still widespread in 43 of the 50 states.

Still for the first time since the outbreak, cases are trending downward in all parts of the country though this trend was only recently evident in the northern New England states. Additionally, Quest Diagnostics laboratories have reported that requests for H1N1 tests have been steadily falling since around October 28th. The laboratory that has tested over 140,000 patient samples for Swine Flu views this news in a positive light.

Unfortunately, all of this does not mean that the bad news is over with all-together. Deaths and hospitalizations typically peak weeks after more new cases peak and to add to the nation’s troubles we have just begun the regular flu season, which runs from December to May.

The Center for Disease Control, or the CDC, officials also warn that just because a disease has peaked doesn’t mean that the potential danger is over. According to the officials, when a peak occurs it means that half of the people who will be affected overall by the disease have yet to be effected. They also suggested that there is no way to determine if new cases of the H1N1 Swine Flu will continue to decline or rise slightly, then decline and sort of go in a sideways pattern for awhile.

A big problem that the CDC is eyeing is the holiday season. Families will get together by the dozens and will not only spread love and joy, but could potentially spread the virus as well. In other words, we are not out of the woods yet.

So what can you do? The CDC recommends the following actions be taken in order to best protect you from the disease:

  • Stay home if you feel sick; even on the holidays.
  • Keep children away from crowds if they feel sick.
  • Steer clear of others who may display symptoms of the flu.
  • Get vaccinated with the new H1N1 vaccine as well as the seasonal flu shot.

While the new H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine is still not available in every area of the country, it is gaining production momentum and is but a short amount of time from being in all corners of the US. But the vaccine only does its job if you actually go out and get it.

While progress is being made in the battle against H1N1 it seems that it is far from over and there may in fact be plenty more to come. Take precautions and get vaccinated and you will stand your best chance of keeping H1N1 away from you and your family.

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