Since the H1N1 Influenza began in Mexico and Southern California last spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 57 million Americans, or slightly more than 18% of the population, contracted the flu. About 11,690 people have died and nearly 260,000 have been hospitalized from the viral infection. Adults age 18 to 64 account for 58%t of the infections and hospitalizations and 76% of the deaths.
Today, indications are the H1N1 virus is in retreat. Two million cases, and just over 500 deaths, occurred between December 11 and January 16. However, officials have not ruled out the possibility of another outbreak this winter.