Flu Outbreaks

H1N1 Flu, otherwise known as Swine Flu, hits the United States in 2009. This caused an uproar because of how quick this flu spreads. This flu spread all across the United States because no one was immune to it. “That means many more people may become sick than usual this flu season” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The World Health Organization decide that his would be categorized as a pandemic phase 6 only because of how fast it spread not because of the severity of its effects. At one point more than 70 countries had reported outbreaks of this flu.

“Given ongoing novel H1N1 activity to date, CDC anticipates that there will be more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths associated with this pandemic in the United States over the summer and into the fall and winter. The novel H1N1 virus, in conjunction with regular seasonal influenza viruses, poses the potential to cause significant illness with associated hospitalizations and deaths during the U.S. influenza season” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The first patient had a confirmed case on April 17, 2009 and all states in the U.S. had it by June 19, 2009.