POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
Federal health see record number of H1N1 cases
There’s new information about the swine flu and how the H1N1 virus is spreading.
Health officials are seeing cases in all 50 states.
But there is some good news.
Clinical trials are indicating some people may only need one dose of the vaccine in order to be protected.
At a flu clinic in Alexandria, Virgina, dozens of people were vaccinated Friday against the seasonal flu.
But government officials announce they are already seeing record numbers of cases of the H1N1 influenza and the numbers are unusually high for this early in the flu season.
"98% of what we are seeing are new h1n1 cases. These are high numbers for September. We are seeing flu activity in all 50 states," said Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease at the Centers for Disease Control.
Clinical trials, testing a vaccine for swine flu, are showing promise.
Many healthy adults are gaining protection from one dose of the vaccine instead of two and the immune response is happening quicker than first expected.
A single dose would allow the vaccine to go further meaning more people could be immunized sooner.
That would be welcome news to health officials in Texas who expect to receive more than a million doses a week of the swine flu vaccine.
But not until October.
"We are in a pandemic. The issue is more how severe will this pandemic be within in the state," said Dr. James Zoretic with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, received her seasonal flu vaccine Friday.
Jerome Cordts did too, but he says he will not be coming back for the H1N1 vaccine.
"I don’t think I am in a high risk group. I am hoping not to get another shot or two," said Cordts.
It is still unclear if one dose of vaccine will be enough for children and pregnant women.
Health officials expect to know more and make necessary recommendations in the coming weeks.