December 25, 2009 APRThe mortality rate from the virus is four times higher among American Indians and Alaska Natives than any other racial or ethnic group. Officials blame the discrepancy on crowded living conditions, a higher incidence of complications from pre-existing conditions and poor access to health care facilities.
December 8, 2009 Last spring, experts thought it was possible swine flu would kill 1 out of every 100 people who got the virus. But the death rate so far is around 1 out of every 2,000. The CDC says the number of children who've died is troublesome, however, and worries if people think the threat is over, they'll be less likely to get vaccinated.
November 20, 2009 Health officials have been using this reporting system for 25 years to get a relative idea of where and how influenza is affecting people across the nation.
November 18, 2009 Most doctors fully support the H1N1 vaccine, but there are a few who won't back it. Because patients trust their doctors the most for medical decisions, the FDA is trying to assure these doctors of the vaccine's safety.
November 9, 2009 Some people say they won't get a flu vaccine — against seasonal flu or H1N1 — because they believe it doesn't work. It's true that the seasonal flu vaccine doesn't stop all cases of the flu in people who get it. But just how effective is the new H1N1 vaccine?
November 6, 2009 The H1N1 virus is a major concern for Saudi Arabian authorities, who are gearing up to host millions of Muslims on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Health officials are making recommendations and monitoring pilgrims, but otherwise can do little to mitigate the virus' spread.
October 26, 2009 Many people continue to go to work when they're sick because they don't get paid if they stay home. A bill that would require employers to offer sick leave has been on hold, stalled by the health care overhaul legislation. But the swine flu epidemic has made the issue more pressing.
October 26, 2009 Millions of Americans already have gotten swine flu, and lines are long at flu shot clinics. President Obama has declared the pandemic a national emergency, but supplies of vaccine against the new H1N1 flu are far below projections. Manufacturers only recently discovered why they can't deliver as much vaccine as expected.
October 23, 2009 When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny virus factories that help spread the disease. This animation takes you to the front lines of a viral assault that could be going on inside your body right now.