How does H1N1 (swine flu) compare to seasonal flu in terms of its severity and infection rates?

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How does H1N1 (swine flu) compare to seasonal flu in terms of its severity and infection rates?

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Seasonal influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Each year, about 36,000 people in the U.S. die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than 5 years old. Over 90 percent of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.

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