New Insights into Sleeping Disorder Narcolepsy
It may have its roots in immune system problems, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autoimmune Diseases, H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu), Sleep Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic defect protects mice from infection with influenza viruses
A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens points out that mice lacking a protein called Tmprss2 are no longer affected by certain flu viruses. The discovery was made by researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig in collaboration with colleagues from Göttingen and Seattle.Whether it is H1N1, H5N1 or H7N9: The flu virus influenza A exists in many different types as its two coating proteins haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) can be combined in various ways. Theoretically, more than 100 different pairings are possible. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Louisiana H1N1 Tamiflu Resistance Expands to Utah
The commentary discusses the spread of the Tamiflu resistant H1N1pdm09 sequences in Louisiana to Utah. (12/03/13 23:45) (Source: Recombinomics)
Source: Recombinomics - December 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Death toll for 2009 pandemic flu much higher than official worldwide estimates
A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health Organization's count, which was based on laboratory-confirmed cases of this flu. The study, which appears online in PLOS Medicine, suggests that the pandemic virus caused up to 203,000 respiratory deaths around the world. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Swine Flu Source Type: news

Swine flu deaths in 2009 much higher than previously estimated
A new study by over 60 researchers from 26 countries suggests that the number of people who died in the 2009 global H1N1 "swine flu" outbreak is much higher than official figures show.Writing in PLOS Medicine, they estimate the total respiratory deaths worldwide to be up to 203,000, some 10 times higher than the World Health Organization (WHO) official total, which is based on lab-confirmed cases.When they added deaths by other causes exacerbated by H1N1, the figure was nearly double this amount, or over 20 times higher than the WHO lab-confirmed cases. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Swine Flu Source Type: news

Swine Flu's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought
Study updates estimate from 2009 pandemic to nearly 203,000 deaths worldwide Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2009 pandemic flu death toll much higher than official worldwide estimates
(George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services) A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health Organization's count, which was based on laboratory-confirmed cases of this flu. The study, which appears online in PLOS Medicine, suggests that the pandemic virus caused up to 203,000 respiratory deaths around the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Swine Flu Update - Forget the Talk of Hype
It is hard to believe that it has already been four years since the flu pandemic of 2009, when we were hit with the swine flu or new H1N1 flu virus strain....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - November 26, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Doctor's Diary: Swine flu scientists were too close to big pharma
Experts advising the World Health Organisation had done paid work for pharmaceutical companies, says Dr James LeFanu     (Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1)
Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1 - November 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Doctor's Diary: Swine flu scientists were too close to big pharma
Experts advising the World Health Organisation had done paid work for pharmaceutical companies, says Dr James LeFanu (Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1)
Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1 - November 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Experts with links to drugs industry 'hyped swine flu'
Conclusion This was a well-conducted study, albeit based on a small sample of articles. The finding that academics with ties to the drugs industry were more likely to make a higher assessment of risk from swine flu, and those promoting the use of antiviral drugs were more likely to have industry links, is worrying. The general issue of academics with undisclosed links to the pharmaceutical industry being interviewed by journalists is of concern. That said, the study does not prove that media coverage either fuelled public anxiety about swine flu or the policy decisions made about drug or vaccine funding. Si...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Swine flu Source Type: news

Academics linked to drug industry 'exaggerated' swine flu risk
New research published in the BMJ has suggested that academics with links to the pharmaceutical industry were more likely to give increased risk assessments of the swine flu pandemic of 2009/10 when talking to the media, compared with academics who were not linked to the pharmaceutical industry. Swine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease found in pigs. The H1N1 influenza subtype is the type that has been known to infect humans, with outbreaks occurring worldwide throughout 2009 and 2010... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Swine Flu Source Type: news

Probiotic pickled turnip touted as ‘flu wonder cure’
Conclusion This simple experiment showed that giving a bacterial extract found in Japanese pickled turnip to mice, as a preventative treatment for flu, reduced some of the symptomatic effects of flu upon subsequent infection. Specifically, it lessened body weight loss and reduced declines in general health during a seven-day flu period. While the results are encouraging, it is too soon to roll out the red carpet and welcome a “new wonder cure” as both the headlines in the Daily Express and Mail Online suggest. For instance, mice given the Japanese pickle extract still experienced declines in body weight of app...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Medical practice Medication Swine flu Source Type: news

A step ahead of influenza; honeybee sex
Staying a step ahead of influenza Every fall, the latest batch of flu vaccines attempts to keep society a step ahead of the evolution of the flu virus. Heroic worldwide surveillance efforts have avoided a repeat of the 1918 flu pandemic, but as shown in the recent H1N1 outbreak, viruses can still outwit even the best public health efforts. During the H1N1 outbreak, antiviral drugs offered the only hope against emergent flu strains... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

U.S. child flu vaccination rate jumped since H1N1 outbreak in 2009
ATLANTA, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Influenza vaccination among U.S. children ages 6 months to 17 years old increased from 31 percent during 2007-08 to 57 percent during 2011-12, officials say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This year's flu shot: 2009 (H1N1), A(H3N2) and B/Massachusetts
BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- This year's flu vaccine will protect against three strains most likely to cause the flu, but some vaccines will have an additional strain, U.S. officials say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

H1N1 flu: pregnant women can safely take vaccine
The question of whether or not to vaccinate against the flu is just one of many decisions pregnant women must make. However, a new large national study may put some fears to rest after revealing evidence that the H1N1 vaccine is safe during pregnancy. A collaboration between researchers from the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), Boston University, and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) yielded one large national study and two companion papers published in the journal Vaccine... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

BU-Led Study: Flu Vaccine Is Safe During Pregnancy
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study has found “reassuring” evidence that H1N1 flu vaccine is safe during pregnancy. The national study was launched shortly after the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 and was led by Boston University, UC San Diego in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. The results will be published online in the journal, “Vaccine.” Despite the recommendation that all pregnant women should get a flu shot, it is estimated fewer than 50-percent of women actually do. Researchers say that’s because women are concerned about the effects of the shot on the devel...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kckatzman Tags: Health Healthwatch Local Syndicated Local Boston University CBS Boston Diane Stern Flu Vaccine WBZ Source Type: news

Could Immune Cell Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?
British study found people with more of certain virus-killing immune cells fared better during swine flu pandemic Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu), Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Reassuring' findings released in national study of influenza vaccine safety in pregnancy
(Boston University Medical Center) Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center and UC San Diego, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, have found 'reassuring' evidence of the H1N1 influenza vaccine's safety during pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Reassuring findings for mothers who have influenza vaccine while pregnant
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Boston University, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, have found evidence of the H1N1 influenza vaccine's safety during pregnancy. The national study, which was launched shortly after the H1N1 influenza outbreak of 2009, is summarized in two companion papers published online on Sept. 19 in the journal Vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Children show protected immunity from pandemic flu vaccine one year later
Results of a follow-up trial have shown that children who received two doses of the H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine split-virion containing AS03B adjuvant showed lasting protection from the flu one year later. This is according to research published by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme. In 2009... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - September 20, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Swine flu vaccination results in Lancet Infectious Diseases
Results from an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme H1N1 swine flu project published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases today, shows that the vaccination programme introduced in Scotland in October 2009 had a positive effect in reducing the number of hospital admissions and deaths. Lead author Dr Colin Simpson commented: “Our findings help strengthen the... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - September 20, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Government set to u-turn over narcolepsy link to swine-flu jab
The Government is set to u-turn over the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to six million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions it can trigger narcolepsy.     (Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1)
Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1 - September 20, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Government set to u-turn over narcolepsy link to swine-flu jab
The Government is set to u-turn over the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to six million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions it can trigger narcolepsy. (Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1)
Source: The Telegraph : Swine Flu A H1N1 - September 20, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Triple-Dose Flu Remedy Hastens H1N1 Viral ClearanceTriple-Dose Flu Remedy Hastens H1N1 Viral Clearance
High-dose oseltamivir helps eradicate H1N1 influenza faster than the standard regimen, a new study suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

NIH clinical study establishes human model of influenza pathogenesis
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical study of healthy adult volunteers who consented to be infected with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus under carefully controlled conditions has provided researchers with concrete information about the minimum dose of virus needed to produce mild-to-moderate illness. The study also gives a clearer picture of how much time elapses between a known time of infection, the start of viral shedding (a signal of contagiousness), the development of an immune response, and the onset and duration of influenza symptoms... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Human study discovers vital information about H1N1 influenza virus
A study that involves infecting humans with the H1N1 influenza virus has uncovered information about the minimum dose of virus needed to produce mild-to-moderate illness, scientists in the US have announced. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 16, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
Credentials: Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBio: Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world. As the director of our nation’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address these challenging health priorities. - As a CDC EIS officer disease detective from 1990-1992, Dr. Frieden conducted many epidemiologic investigations, including ...
Source: PHRMA - September 15, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Leah Source Type: news

Triple Dose Tamiflu Beats Back H1N1 (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- Patients critically ill with H1N1 influenza who received a triple dose of oseltamivir had a significantly more rapid viral clearance than those who received normal doses, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - September 13, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

NIH clinical study establishes human model of influenza pathogenesis
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A National Institutes of Health clinical study of healthy adult volunteers who consented to be infected with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus under carefully controlled conditions has provided researchers with concrete information about the minimum dose of virus needed to produce mild-to-moderate illness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 13, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

ED Adherence to CDC Guidance During the 2009 H1N1 PandemicED Adherence to CDC Guidance During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
How closely did emergency physicians follow the CDC's recommended guidelines during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic? Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

ECMO and the poisoned patient: ready for prime time?
veno-venous ECMO 3 out of 5 stars Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the treatment of poisoned patients. De Lange DW et al. Clin Toxicol 2013 Jun;51:385-393. Abstract The authors note that although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) had somewhat fallen out of favor, especially for treatment of adult patients, continued improvements in technology have prompted reconsideration of the modality. This renewed interest was also spurred by the low reported mortality among patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) treated with ECMO during the 2009 A/H1N1 flu pandemic.(A recent review poi...
Source: The Poison Review - August 30, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical ARDS circulatory shock ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation intoxication poisoned patient Source Type: news

What's the difference between H1N1 flu and influenza A?
H1N1 flu is a subcategory of influenza A. (Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - August 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International research team identifies top risk factors for children during influenza pandemic
An international team of pediatric specialists, representing the world's five major pediatric emergency medicine research networks, has identified several crucial risk factors for alerting clinicians to children most susceptible to life-threatening infections from the H1N1 influenza (flu). It is the first study to detail which clinical factors at hospital arrival in children with influenza-like illness and H1N1 infection are associated with the progressive risk to either severe infection or death... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Are you worried about the MERS Virus? Get the facts first…
You may have seen some pretty scary headlines in recent days relating to a new virus that has the medical community on alert. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that can be passed between people in close contact. The condition was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, and so far most of those who have been infected have been from that region of the world.   People with MERS develop severe acute respiratory illness, presenting symptoms like fever, coughing and shortness of breath. About half of the 81 reported cases— mostly older men with pre-existing health conditi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 19, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tripp Underwood Tags: All posts Source Type: news

When Worries About H1N1 Flu Become All Consuming
The 2009 influenza A or H1N1 pandemic has been a source of considerable worry for many people. However, this pandemic has the potential to be particularly stressful for people with OCD who experience obsessions and compulsions related contamination and/or infection. Let’s explore how to cope with contamination-related obsessions and compulsions in the midst of a pandemic. (Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Source: About.com Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - July 12, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Chinese Warn of Possible Re-Emergence of Bird Flu
H7N9 deadlier than 2009 H1N1 swine flu, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Bird Flu, International Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Recent H7N9 Flu Deadlier than H1N1
The first estimates of the severity of the H7N9 influenza virus show that about one-third of people who were hospitalized with the infection died. And flu experts warn that the strain could reappear in the next flu season. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - June 24, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

H7N9 Flu: Worse than Pandemic, Better than H5N1 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The novel H7N9 avian flu appears to be less severe than the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu but more severe than the 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Rural H1N1 Experience: Lessons Learned for Future Pandemics (Policy Brief)
Describes the rural H1N1 experience including comparisons of rural vs. urban H1N1 vaccination rates and describes rural H1N1 incidence, care patterns and mortality. -- West Virginia Rural Health Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - June 18, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Rural H1N1 Experience: Lessons Learned for Future Pandemics (Final Report)
Describes the rural H1N1 experience including comparisons of rural vs. urban H1N1 vaccination rates and describes rural H1N1 incidence, care patterns and mortality. -- West Virginia Rural Health Research Center (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - June 18, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC Reports US Influenza Activity, New Vaccine StrainsCDC Reports US Influenza Activity, New Vaccine Strains
Influenza A (H3N2), influenza A (H1N1)pdm09, and influenza B viruses cocirculated during the 2012 to 2013 US influenza season; agency announces 2013-2014 vaccine composition. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

How Nature Builds A Pandemic Flu Virus
Here's a sobering thought: Wild birds€” including city pigeons and ubiquitous Canadian geese€” carry 170 different types of bird flu. You know, all those viruses with the Hs and Ns in their names, like H1N1 and H5N1. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - June 6, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Broad Protection To Pandemic Flu Strains, Including 1918 Flu, Provided By Gene Therapy In Mouse Model
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania have developed a new gene therapy to thwart a potential influenza pandemic. Specifically, investigators in the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, directed by James M. Wilson, MD, PhD, demonstrated that a single dose of an adeno-associated virus (AAV) expressing a broadly neutralizing flu antibody into the nasal passages of mice and ferrets gives them complete protection and substantial reductions in flu replication when exposed to lethal strains of H5N1 and H1N1 flu virus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Gene therapy gives mice broad protection to pandemic flu strains, including 1918 flu
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers have developed a new gene therapy to thwart a potential influenza pandemic. They demonstrated that a single dose of an adeno-associated virus expressing a broadly neutralizing flu antibody into the noses of animal models gives them complete protection and substantial reductions in flu replication when exposed to lethal strains of H5N1 and H1N1 flu virus. These were isolated from samples associated from historic human pandemics -- the infamous 1918 flu pandemic and another from 2009. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Boosting Body's Natural Killers May Be The Way Forward For Fighting Flu
A known difficulty in fighting influenza (flu) is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown recently that another, more promising, approach is to focus on improving drugs that boost the body's natural flu killer system. Emergence of new influenza strains, such as the recent avian influenza (H5N1) and swine influenza (H1N1 2009), can lead to the emergence of severe pandemics that pose a major threat to the entire world population... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

H1N1 flu outbreak kills 17 in Venezuela: media
CARACAS (Reuters) - An outbreak of H1N1 flu has killed 17 people in Venezuela and infected another 250, private media and local authorities said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

H1N1 Flu Outbreak Kills 17 in Venezuela: MediaH1N1 Flu Outbreak Kills 17 in Venezuela: Media
An outbreak of H1N1 flu has killed 17 people in Venezuela and infected another 250, private media and local authorities said. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Swine Flu, Bird Flu And Pandemic Vaccination
As the world prepares for what may be the next pandemic strain of influenza virus, in the H7N9 bird flu, a new UC Irvine study reveals that the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic was deadliest for people under the age of 65, while those 65 and over had greater immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses. Deaths from flu pandemics tend to skew younger than those from seasonal flu because of "antigenic recycling," or the fact that some parts of flu viruses have already made the rounds... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Swine Flu Source Type: news