CDC Reports that H1N1 Flu Activity is Down

Although 43 states have reported widespread influenza activity for the week ended Nov.

14, numbers appear to be dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted Friday.

In its weekly situational update, the CDC reported that the number of states reporting widespread activity of the H1N1 virus dropped to 43 from 46 in the past week. Additionally, influenza-like illnesses nationally decreased again to 5.5%. This is the third consecutive week of national decreases after four consecutive weeks of sharp increases.

Because demand for the vaccine was lower than anticipated, the weekend clinics, originally intended for middle- and high-school students, were opened to a larger group of people considered high risk. That group included anyone between ages 4 and 24, those between 25 and 64 who have health conditions that make them more vulnerable, pregnant women and anyone who lives with or cares for a newborn less than 6 months old. The clinics — which vaccinated only 3,450 people on their first weekend earlier this month — will be on hiatus over the Thanksgiving weekend and then will resume for the first two weekends in December.