H1N1 Influenza: One New York City Pediatrician's View

H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) & Kids

Medical Author: David Perlstein, MD, FAAP
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Updated time-line of H1N1 swine flu news October 27, 2009

Six months have passed since my last posting about swine flu, now known globally as the novel H1N1 virus. We in New York City experienced a very significant increase in the number of patients evaluated in our Emergency Departments and offices last spring. Interesting, though, we did not see a huge increase in the number of "sick" patients requiring admission to our hospitals. Overall, my own hospital experienced a 95% increase in pediatric visits to our Emergency Department, and a 35% increase in adult visits. We admitted 17 patients who tested positive for H1N1. We did see some critically ill individuals, all with known risk factors for complications of H1N1 infection (pregnant women, obese individuals, and very young children), but no elderly patients.

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