Confirmation Swine flu killing the young but not the elderly

White bars represent Swine Flu infections in a particular age group, blue bars represent REGULAR flu infections in said age group:

As of July 31, 2009, the median age of persons with laboratory-confirmed infections in the United States was 12 years, and the highest infection incidence was among persons aged 5–24 years (7,11). The incidence of infection was lowest among persons aged ≥65 years.

As of July 31, 2009, only 282 (5%) of 5,514 hospitalizations and 29 (8%) of the 353 reported deaths attributed to novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection had occurred among persons aged ≥65 years (CDC, unpublished data, 2009).

via CDC.

Only 8% of deaths from Swine Flu have occurred among persons older than 65, with the regular flu this would be the exact opposite. Think about that, 92% deaths from a flu virus coming from those UNDER the age of 65. A virus where the median age of someone who dies from it is 37 years old, and the median age of someone who is hospitalised is 20 years of age. The reason why Swine Flu is such a big deal is because it most affects the age groups that think they are invincible (and normally are) as far as the flu is concerned.

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