News: The H1N1 Virus Returns This Flu Season
This flu season, the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, is back. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that this season may be particularly dangerous for young adults, as they seem to be the most affected by the H1N1 virus.
Across the nation, many hospitalizations with the influenza have been reported, with 35 states reporting a widespread infection of the virus.
The influenza virus survives best in dry, cold conditions–the exact conditions found in Northern California this winter–explaining the easy transmission and spread of the virus that the CDC expects this year.
The SFGate stated that there have been 27 reports of influenza-related deaths this season in the Bay Area alone. Young adults constituted a large portion of these fatalities–the youngest being only 23 years old.
The CDC recommends that all people receive the flu vaccine this season. According to the SFGate, “the vaccine is well-matched to this year’s flu season,” so it protects against the relevant strains that have appeared in the victims so far.
Despite these recommendations, the CDC reports that only 39.5% of individuals in the US have received the vaccination.