Regular flu in the United States kills about 30,000 people in an average year. 90% of those are people 65 and older who are already not in the best of health. There have been 820-987 deaths each week from the regular flu in the 122 cities that are in the center for disease control tracking system. In the USA there are about 2.5 million deaths in a year.
A regular year worldwide is for 250,000 to 500,000 people to die from the flu. Worldwide there are 55 million deaths from all causes each year. Normal flu pandemics kill 0.75-2 million people each year.
The last major global flu pandemic was in 1968-1969 (the Hong Kong Flu) Since that time there has been more effective flu treatments that have been developed and there is progress toward universal flu vaccines and to a system of broad flu vaccination with faster to develop booster shots when specific flu types are identified.
All of the public health protocols to minimize swine flu risks should be followed for regular flu.
* Frequently wash hands with hot water and soap for 20-30 seconds.
* Avoid contact with people who are sick with flu like symptoms.
* Get a flu vaccination shot