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Report: One-Third of Texans Could Contract H1N1

By October 5, 2009

In a report that could be seen as a worst-case scenario or a gut-wrenchingly realistic view of something that is being taken too lightly, the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released a report that says one-third of Texans could contract H1N1 this flu season.

Still commonly known by many as the swine flu, the H1N1 virus could send many Texans to the hospital, with TFAH estimating that over 8 million residents could get sick. An estimated 66% of all available hospital beds could be filled during the height of the outbreak this winter season.

At first glance, this report could seem like a doomsday scenario or even an overreaction. But when you factor in how few people get flu shots (roughly 35% of Texans), how many people have no insurance due to job loss or other economic circumstances and the amount of elderly who are particularly susceptible, these numbers may not be as overblown as they first seem.

What do you think? Are you worried about an outbreak this season? If so, what precautions will you be taking to try and spare yourself from an outbreak?

For more information about the H1N1 virus here in San Antonio, see my previous blog post. If you want to know more about how the virus started and get the facts about it's spread around the world, see another one of my previous blogs.

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