The CDC just recently released an update on the  H1N1 Swine Flu situation on their website, and it’s quite clear that as of now, the dire straits over Swine Flu are not materialising as expected.

For example, it turns out that visits to physicians for influenza-like illness are massively up.  That’s not surprising to me, and can probably be explained by all the panic in the press over this new killer influenza.  Lots of people who would have probably stayed home and toughed it out with chicken soup are now probably racing to the doctor just to make sure death isn’t imminent.

Hospitalisations for influenza are “similar to or lower than”  expected rates for regular, seasonal flu.  But they are higher for this time of year.  We’ll have to wait to see if this just a flu bug that is hitting earlier than usual, or whether this is going to develop into more cases of flu than usual. It’s too soon to know for sure.

Deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia are “low and within the bounds of what is expected at this time of year.”   That’s even better news.

I’m not sure that the continued tremendous fear of this influenza strain is warranted.  However, it’s always good to make sure you have enough Vitamin D.

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