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10,000 H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths

CDC: H1N1 Flu Sickened 1 in 6 Americans by Mid-November

American Indians, Alaskan Natives Hit Hard by H1N1 Swine Flu

American Indians and Alaskan natives are four times more likely to die if they get the H1N1 swine flu, the CDC today reported. The report comes from 12 states representing about half of the U.S. native population.

The fourfold risk of severe disease is similar to the increased risk seen among indigenous populations in other parts of the world.

It's not clear why native Americans are more susceptible to severe H1N1 swine flu. However, diabetes and asthma are more prevalent in this population than among all other racial and ethnic populations in the U.S.

And American Indians and Alaskan natives suffer the highest poverty rate in the U.S.: 30%. This suggests that delayed access to medical care and poorer nutrition may contribute to flu susceptibility.

The CDC report appears in the Dec. 11 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

22% of Americans Would Travel if Sick With Flu

It's impossible to predict the future, but a new Harvard poll suggests that many Americans may be giving an unwanted holiday gift to their countrymen: the flu.

More than one in five Americans -- 22% of us -- say they would get on a plane, train, bus, or cruise ship even if they were sick with fever, cough, and sneezing fits.

That, of course, flies in the face of CDC recommendations, which call for people to stay home if they're sick.

The poll, conducted in a national sample of Americans from Nov. 12-18, shows that about half of Americans are worried that they or their families will get sick if they travel by airplane this year.

The poll suggests the other half of us should worry, too.

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