While people of all ages get the seasonal flu, its complications more severely affect older people or those with weakened immune systems. About 95 percent of people who die from the seasonal flu are 65 years old and above, according to the World Health Organization.
Many of the confirmed and probable cases for the H1N1 virus have been younger people between the ages of 5 and 24.
"The hospitalizations that we're tracking have this disproportionate occurrence among younger persons," Schuchat said. "That's very unusual to have so many people under 20 requiring hospitalization and in some of those intensive care units."
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