UK Swine Flu Death Toll not as High as Expected
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief medical officer for the British Government, said that analysis of the swine flu pandemic indicates that the disease is not as lethal as originally feared. The death rate for the swine flu in England is currently at 0.01 percent according to recent research findings.
So far out of 100,000 reported swine flu cases in Great Britain, only 26 people have died, according to reports released by the chief medical officer on November 8, 2009. Namely, out of the entire British population only one percent have contracted swine flu, with only 26 people of that one percent becoming a fatality.
The study has been published online for the public in the British Medical Journal which has stated that the low death rate indicated by the research statistics are fortunate. The study was headed by Sir Liam in conjunction with the British government.
Sir Liam, did however, add that a lower death rate than expected did no justify taking no action to prevent further fatalities. He maintained that the data still supports prioritizing vaccinations for those deemed at high risk such as the elderly and expectant mothers.
The research does indicate that death rates are lowest in children from the age of five to 14, totaling at 11 deaths for the 100,000 infected. Deaths for the over 65 age group have been the highest with 980 per 100,000.