Skip to main content

I visit the CDC web site frequently to get the latest data on the swine flu.  I've noticed an interesting (but not entirely unpredictable) trend over the last few weeks.  Children who live in red states are exponentially more likely to die from H1N1 than in other regions of the country.  

I am truly a DKos lurker; visiting the site several times per day, but I am rarely a diarist.  I give that caveat, because I don't know how to add the image of the chart that he CDC provides with the numbers.  So the link to the page that contains the relevant chart is found here:  

CDC weekly flu report - week 44

This whole page is worth reading weekly, but I call attention to the last column in the first chart.  Of 117 pediatric deaths attributed to H1N1, 69 of those deaths (59% nationwide) have occurred on 2 regions.  Those regions include the following states:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

To be fair, I haven't crunched the numbers to determine what percentage of the population resides in these two regions.  However, it certainly isn't 59%.  And if you compare the pediatric deaths in these regions to those that are probably the most populous (Regions 1, 2 and 9 - New England, New York, New Jersey and western states including California) whose total pediatric deaths total 14, it is clear that pediatric mortality is far higher in red states than blue states.

I do not know what is behind all the numbers - whether those who have died had certain medical conditions, or were at the poverty level, or had something else in common that predisposed the children in red states to die more frequently.

But that's not really my point.  My point is that the Red States clearly need quality health care, and that government involvement is necessary to equal the playing field.  Single-payer (or, failing that, a public option) would only HELP the people who live in these states to keep their children alive longer.  

I don't know if this message is getting across to the congress members who represent those areas.  But I hope the good people of those states question their reps on this every chance they get.  

Originally posted to makr1964 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 06:33 AM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site