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H1N1 death toll for kids jumps to 114

October 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The H1N1 virus continues to take its toll and the CDC says 25 million doses of the vaccine are now ready for delivery. That's 10 million more than last week, but demand is still strong. New reports show there was an increase in swine-flu related deaths of children in the past week.Kathleen Jenkins is one happy camper.

"I brought everything from birth certificates to vaccines," said Kathleen Jenkins.

She pitched a tent Thursday night to be the first in this line for the H1N1 vaccine.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't do me. That's fine it's for the kids, it's not about me," said Jenkins. "It's about taking care of my children.

There's increasing evidence that the swine flu discriminates.

"This is a younger peoples' flu," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "In a normal flu season 90 percent of the deaths are among people who are over the age of 65. In H1N1, 90 percent of the deaths are in people under the age of 65."

There have been 114 laboratory confirmed deaths among children. And, in the past week, there was an increase in 19 swine-flu related deaths of children. That's the largest single-week increase since the pandemic started in April.

"In the past two months we have seen more hospitalizations in people under the age of 65 than in most entire flu seasons," said Dr. Frieden.

The CDC says the gap between supply and demand is closing, and more people are able to get the H1N1 vaccine.

"I think it's accurate to say the president has been and is frustrated with ensuring that this vaccine is delivered on time," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "And he won't be satisfied until those that want to be vaccinated from H1N1 have the opportunity through the vaccine to do so."

The swine flu is currently widespread in all but two states. According to the CDC, there has been a decrease in cases in the Southwest.


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