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Kansas health department reports 27th death statewide from H1N1, encourages vaccination

January 29, 2010

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Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

A 78-year-old woman from the Wichita area has died from the H1N1 virus. Kansas Department of Health and Environment noted the woman had underlying health conditions that placed her at greater risk for death. 

So far, 27 people in Kansas have died from H1N1. Between Oct. 10 and Jan. 16, 521 people died from influenza or pneumonia, and 19 died from H1N1.

Over those three months, 6,671 people died from all causes.

“Flu activity normally peaks in February or March in Kansas, and it is possible that a similar pattern will occur this year with H1N1.” s

— Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer.

So, if you haven’t had flu shots, it’s still a good idea to get them. Both are available at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine.

For more data on influenza, visit our new health section.

Comments

Godot 4 years, 2 months ago

I would like for my URI to go away so I can get a flu shot. I've been sick since before the H1N1 vaccine became available for the non-priority folk.

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James Bennett 4 years, 2 months ago

bearded_gnome:

KDHE's weekly epidemiology reports give us the total number of deaths in Kansas each week, the number of deaths related to flu and pneumonia (which are reported together) and a running total of flu/pneumonia deaths since September, broken down by age group.

As of the latest report from KDHE (which covers data through January 23):

  • There've been 630 total deaths related to flu/pneumonia in Kansas since September 26.
  • 26 of those 630 have involved H1N1. The one mentioned in this story is the 27th, but we don't yet have the rest of this week's flu data to go with it.

This and other data is available from our flu data tracker, which updates weekly as KDHE and CDC publish new information:

http://www2.ljworld.com/data/flu/

— James Bennett, web developer, LJWorld.com

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 months ago

okay LJWorld, enough scare/hype. how many died of the regular seasonal flu?

how many died of "flu-like viruses?" officially I had one of these thingys in november, gave me pneumonia. thus far, from my vantage point "flu-like viruses" more dangerous than the Billious-hyped h1n1.

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ksjayhawk74 4 years, 2 months ago

When will Kansas Legislature step up and ban H1N1?

It's much more dangerous than K2 or novelty lighters.

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bobberboy 4 years, 2 months ago

you can lead a horse to water but you can't them drink.

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