Here is the latest CDC report on H1N1 cases in the US. Click here to read the article on MSNBC.com. Only Alabama is reporting widespread cases. Seasonal flu has not yet appeared.
I believe, though no one else is saying it, that this virus is very sensitive to cold temperatures and does not spread well in the coldest part of winter. This is opposite to the seasonal flu which only spreads in the coldest temperatures of January and February. I noticed the number of new cases in my office nose-diving in early November when daily Liberal temperatures dropped consistently below the 50's. I then checked the daily temperatures in Australia last summer when they had their H1N1 outbreak during July and August. Average daily temperatures in big cities there for that time were 45-68 dF. That is the average temperature in Liberal in September and October, but not November-February.
This provides "a window of opportunity" or all of us to get immunized against H1N1 and have adequate immunity built up before the virus flares in late winter here.
If you are still unsure whether to take this vaccine, read my earlier posts on vaccine safety. My wife and I had our shot before Christmas, soon after a local man died tragically of H1N1. In all my years of practice I have never seen so many previously healthy people dying of flu in any winter season compared to this season. H1N1 is truly a killer virus, much more so than the usual seasonal flu in my opinion.
I think it is time for a campaign to put ribbons on cars of people that have had THE shot to encourage widespread vaccination.