Friday, November 13, 2009

Swine Flu (H1N1) vs Seasonal Flu Statistics

Seasonal Flu

* 5 to 20 percent of the population get the flu (15 to 60 million people)
* More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications
* About 36,000 people die from flu-related causes

Swine Flu

* 7.3 percent of the population has gotten the Swine Flu (22 million people)
* About 98,000 people have been hospitalized from Swine flu-related complications
* About 4,000 people have died from Swine flu-related causes

It appears that statistically the Swine Flu has a slightly higher hospitalization rate, but a much lower death rate. Possibly because the older you are the more likely you are to be immune to the Swine Flu, and the young that are more prone to get it are more likely to recover in a hospital.

(All data from CDC and US Census)
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