The other half mentioned something about H1N1, thanks to his subscription with Stratfor, that caught my attention..it is definitely an article worth reading..
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that hospitalization rates and mortality rates for Influenza A(H1N1) are similar to or lower than they are for more traditional influenza strains.Global data is sketchy to say the least, but as of Sept. 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) had linked only 3,199 deaths globally to A(H1N1). In the United States, where data is more reliable, the figure is 593, a far cry from the 402,000 to 675,000 American deaths of the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic.
The virus seems to have an affinity for the younger population, with higher infection rates than normal for those 24 years of age and younger, particularly those less than two years old and pregnant women.
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Surprising facts, yeah?! ;)