A CDC study found that 25% of Americans who had the H1N1 flu last spring and were hospitalized ended up in the intensive care unit, with 7% dying. Children and teens accounted for nearly half of the hospitalized cases. The findings indicate that contrary to the common perception that the H1N1 flu virus is mild, it can actually "make you very, very ill," said an infectious disease expert, who also is recommending that people get vaccinated against the flu. Another study showed that the new flu strain impacted ICUs in Australia and New Zealand from June to August.

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