Just when you thought it was safe to go back to school, a student at St Paul’s Benjamin Mays Elementary comes down with H1N1 flu (Pioneer Press). As it turns out, just because we media-types have stopped talking about Swine Flu doesn’t mean that the disease that kills fewer people than seasonal flu has disappeared.
For comparison, H1N1 has infected 10,053 and killed 17 in the US this year, according to the CDC. This afternoon, the CDC’s media office told me that, while they don’t aggregate and post the total number of seasonal flu cases and deaths for any seasonal flu, swine flu is “acting very much like a normal seasonal flu virus. The attack rates are the same, the mortality rates are the same.”