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How many people die from the H1N1 virus and the seasonal flu?

The H1N1 pandemic that struck in April 2009 was the first global flu pandemic in 40 years. While a number of people died from the H1N1 flu pandemic, it's hard to directly compare it to the seasonal flu, since deaths from seasonal flu vary every year depending on the flu strains circulating in the population.

In the period from 1976 to 2007 in the United States, the number of people who died from the flu (usually those at high risk for complications from it, such as people over 65) ranged widely -- from 3,000 in the year with the least mortality to 49,000 in the year with the deadliest flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 8,870 and 18,300 people died in the U.S. from H1N1 flu during the pandemic.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Between 1976 and 2007, there have been an average of 6,309 influenza-associated deaths per year -- the highest being the 2003-04 season with 14,715 deaths. Most of those deaths occur in young children, the elderly, and those with low immune function (those on chemotherapy and those with HIV/AIDS). This is why you should still consider getting your flu shot if you haven’t gotten one already. If not for yourself, then for the health of your children and the elderly around you.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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