How many people in Kansas die every year from regular seasonal flu?
During the 2008-2009 flu season, about 1,600 deaths in Kansas were attributed to influenza and pneumonia, said Mike Heideman, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Pneumonia is the most common, severe complication of influenza. In the United States, approximately 35,000 people die each year from influenza or its complications. Heideman said between Sept. 26 and Oct. 31 of this year, at least 195 Kansans died from influenza-related illness. It is not known exactly how many of these deaths resulted from the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, but based on national data, the swine flu virus has been by far the most prevalent flu virus in the country this year.