Swine flu peaking? Not last week. New Massachusetts flu numbers

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Nov. 12: WBUR asks: Has Swine Flu Peaked in Mass? The NYTimes had a story in September predicting it would peak in October. The state’s new numbers say it was still going up last week.

2009 H1N1 influenza

As of November 12, 2009, 1,659 confirmed cases of H1N1 have been reported throughout Massachusetts since April of 2009. The 2009-2010 influenza season officially started on October 4, 2009.  Table 3 below represents H1N1 cases that have been confirmed in MA since October 4, 2009; the final column of this table is the number of cases of seasonal flu and influenza of unknown type, also since October 4.  Table 4 shows the cumulative H1N1 cases that have been confirmed in MA since April 26, 2009.  Both tables are updated weekly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer reporting the national total of confirmed cases of H1N1 and is instead focusing on hospitalized cases and deaths. Nationally, influenza-like illness (ILI) continues to be reported as widespread.  Please visit the CDC’s website for up-to-date information (www.cdc.gov/h1n1).

Table 3. Confirmed Influenza cases in Massachusetts, October 4, 2009  – November 12, 2009

  H1N1: Age group (N) H1N1: Pregnant (N) H1N1: Hospitalized (N) H1N1: Deaths (N) Seasonal and Untyped Influenza by Age Group (N)
0-4 years 31 0 7 0 308
5-12 years 66 0 24 0 882
13-18 years 46 0 8 0 568
19-25 years 47 1 4 0 284
26-44 years 27 2 6 1 386
45-64 years 20 0 7 1 249
65+ years 4 0 2 1 49
Unknown 0 0 0 0 19
TOTAL 241 3 58 3 2745

Table 4. Confirmed H1N1 cases in Massachusetts, April 26, 2009 – November 12, 2009

 

  Age group (N) Age group (%) Female (%) Pregnant (N) Hospitalized (N) Hospitalized (%) Deaths (N)
0-4 years 232 14 38.36 0 42 18.10 0
5-12 years 462 27.8 40.26 0 56 12.12 0
13-18 years 337 20.3 47.77 6 27 8.01 1
19-25 years 189 11.4 65.08 19 21 11.11 2
26-44 years 255 15.4 67.06 32 37 14.51 4
45-64 years 162 9.76 61.73 0 41 25.31 6
65+ years 21 1.27 71.43 0 11 52.38 2
Unknown 1 0.06 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1659 ~~ 50.93 57 235 14.17 15
As shown in Table 4 above, school-aged individuals (5-18 years) have been primarily affected by H1N1, with over 62% of cases age 18 or younger.  The median age of cases is 14 and cases ranged from 0 to 92 years.  To date, males and females have been equally impacted by H1N1. Overall, 235 cases have been hospitalized (14%), which is similar to the national hospitalization rate of 11% as of July 10, and 15 cases have died. Of the 15 deaths, 11 had underlying conditions.
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