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55% of H1N1 Hospitalized
Adults Had Underlying Illnesses


As H1N1 influenza cases build, the majority (55%) of adults hospitalized had underlying illnesses, says Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But 45% didn¹t have a known underlying condition, something the CDC is investigating.

Of 1,400 adults hospitalized for H1N1 that medical officials have tracked:

• 26% had asthma

• 10% had diabetes

• 8% had chronic lung disease

• 7.6% had immunosuppressive disorders

• 6.1% were pregnant women

Of 500 children hospitalized, the majority also had underlying conditions, including asthma, neurological disease and sickle cell anemia. Five more children died of H1N1 in the past week, increasing the total to 81, CDC figures show.

Nationally, vaccine production and distribution are ramping up. As of yesterday, there were 9.8 million doses of H1N1 vaccine available, and 5.8 million doses have been ordered by the states, Schuchat says.

* A full list of h1n1 vaccine ingredients, alerts and warnings.


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October 14, 2009

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