CDC Releases Revised Swine Flu Estimates
USA Today: As expected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released revised H1N1 estimates Thursday indicating that 3,900 people in the U.S. have died from the virus, including 540 children (Sternberg, 11/12).
The Washington Post/The Associated Press: "Estimates of deaths caused by the swine flu have grown to nearly 4,000 since April, roughly quadrupling previous estimates. But that doesn't mean swine flu suddenly has worsened." Instead, the data offers a "long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu's true toll. Most cases still don't require a doctor's care." Overall, the H1N1 virus has sickened an estimated 22 million Americans, since April (Neergaard, 11/13).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.