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
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
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.