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Originally posted by dizziedame
H1N1 Has hit hard in my area and my family.
It is a real threat.
You can make flippant comments and act like adolescents while there are teenagers in the hospital in my town fighting for their lives right this moment.
One of those teens is my niece. She's been sick 6 weeks now.
This will not lead to martial law. Nor will it become mandatory that we all get the N1H1 shot.
Use your brains and reason this situation out.
The number of seasonal influenza-associated (i.e., seasonal flu-related) deaths varies from year to year because flu seasons often fluctuate in length and severity. CDC estimated that about 36,000 people died of seasonal flu-related causes each year, on average, during the 1990s in the United States. This figure includes people dying from complications of seasonal flu.
US officials said the president's declaration was similar to ones issued before hurricanes make landfall.
It allows authorities to bypass certain federal requirements in order to deal more effectively with emergencies.
Anne Schuchat, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said only 28-30 million doses would be available by the end of October, down from an earlier estimate of 40 million.
Ms Schuchat said swine flu activity was widespread, with hospitalisations and deaths continuing to increase.