Quote from referrred link by OP:
"...........flu viruses are known to mutate rapidly, the research team noted, so this one must be watched closely in case it changes to become easier to spread.
Even if it doesn't mutate, it's causing plenty of illness here and abroad already — and vaccine makers are working "at full speed" to develop shots for use in the fall if the government deems it enough of a threat, Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease director of the National Institutes of Health, said"
I agree with indigo girl regarding the process of mutation occurring in some, not others. Obviously those who have died from confirmed H1N1 were either hit with the mutated form, or it mutated in their bodies.
Since pregnant women and young children have become more seriously ill and many have died, there's something they have in common, that allows mutation or attracts the mutated form of this H1N1 flu.
There should be no confusion among those with knowledge of these epidemiological happenings. Everything points to very large numbers being infected by H1N1, and very few of those being reported in a forthright manner to the local Health Departments.
Paperwork phobia being what it is, it seems to me that a better method of reporting reportable diseases must be established for computation of reliable figures showing the incidence of infections. If all doctors' offices, EDs, IC nurses in hospitals, etc. had a website available that would easily bring up a short reporting form, that is connected to WHO and CDC, more accurate figures would be reported.........
There will always be those who tend to negate danger, and those who exaggerate it. I'd go with the safest predictors, and get adequate quantities of PPE and vaccine, to use for the largest expected number who will need it. Sometimes those who negate are tight fisted with money, preferring to wait until hospital staff screams for PPE - and when they get it, they're the heroes. If your hospital has a Purchasing Department head who is one of those, you might start lobbying with that person sooner, rather than later. Give kudos earlier, to purchasers, rather than when nursing staff are refusing to care for infected patients without PPE.