U.S. Swine Flu Deaths Surpass 1,000

October 23, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal health officials say swine flu is more
widespread now than it's ever been.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there as
much illness now as the winter peak of regular flu seasons. CDC
officials said Friday that swine flu has resulted in more than
1,000 deaths so far.

Public demand for the new swine flu vaccine has caused long
lines and frustration in several parts of the country. But worries
about flu has also prompted record interest in seasonal flu vaccine
as well. About 60 million people have been vaccinated already - an
unprecedented number for October. Most seasonal flu shots usually
aren't given until later in the fall.

CDC officials say nearly 100 pediatric swine flu deaths have
been reported.


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