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Has swine flu peaked? Not in Florida

The number of swine flu infections continues to drop nationally, with only 25 states reporting widespread activity.

Florida, however, is still among them.

The Sunshine State is one of the few remaining southeastern states where H1N1 infections are still considered widespread. Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi are reporting only regional H1N1 activity.

Much of the widespread H1N1 activity is in the northeastern and southwestern states, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As recently as late October, 48 states were reporting widespread activity. But that has dropped dramatically, a strong indication that the virus has peaked in the U.S.

Federal health officials, however, caution that the number of cases may rise again with the holiday season, when more people congregate in homes, airports and shopping malls.

Though flu infections appear to be decreasing, the supply of the vaccine to fight the virus is increasing. More than 70 million doses were available nationally as of late last week.

Local health departments expect to be able to offer the vaccine to the general population starting in the middle of this month. Until now, the vaccine has been offered only to high-risk populations, which include young people, pregnant women and health care workers.

Richard Martin can be reached at rmartin@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8330

Has swine flu peaked? Not in Florida 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 7:19pm]
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