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Posted By: Ruthie23
Subject: could older population avoid infection?
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 3:10am

Could Older Population Have Enough Exposure To Past H1N1 Flu Strains To Avoid Infection?

Article Date: 22 Jun 2009
          A letter to the editor by Rhode Island Hospital infectious diseases specialist Leonard Mermel, DO, identifies characteristics of the outbreak of H1N1 in 1977 and speculates its impact on this pandemic. His letter is published in the June 20 edition of the journal the Lancet 2009 (vol 373 p2108-09).

Mermel notes that in the late 1970s, an influenza H1N1 reappeared in humans. It had a pandemic-like spread that began in younger aged individuals. This strain, known as the "Russian flu" H1N1, was similar to H1N1 strains that circulated internationally between 1946 and 1957. The Russian flu spread rapidly across the former Soviet Union, initially affecting individuals between the ages of 14 and 20 in schools, as well as young military personnel, and later spread to preschool children. Individuals older than age 30, however, had dramatically lower attack rates and the overall mortality was low. The epidemic peaked rapidly, with a relatively short duration.

In the United States, the first outbreak of the Russian flu occurred in a Wyoming high school. The attack rate there was over 70 percent, however, it affected students only; no faculty were reported to have the illness. High attack rates were seen in schools as well as military bases throughout the United States, similar to the outbreak in Russia. There were few reports of the H1N1 strain in individuals older than age 26, and again, the mortality rate was low.

In his commentary, Mermel hypothesizes that the H1N1 strain circulating now may have enough similarity to the previously circulating H1N1 strains or the H1N1 used in past vaccines so that it may lead to protection of older individuals. He concludes by noting that the weeks ahead should help us to determine if this will be the case.

Mermel, who is the director of infection control for Rhode Island Hospital, is an infectious diseases specialist and a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is also a physician with University Medicine Foundation and is a past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Hugs Ruthie

Posted By: dennis2
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 12:57pm
Dumb question,
has anyone compared the rates between those that got the swine flu vac. in 1976 with the rate of protection from this one in the older population?
I have looked and I cannot see any sequence comparisions.
anyone here know?????

after all is said and done- more is said than done

Posted By: tropicalbreeze
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 8:28pm
In 1976, my husband got panicky and we went and got the swine flu vaccine.
We never had a reaction after the vaccne.  We were fortunate.

tropical Breeze   

Posted By: Tenth_Door
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 11:35pm
Had the flu vaccine once, was so sick afterwords that it wasn't funny, over two weeks of being horribly sick.  So happy that there are people who can handle it however, I would suggest that you give it a second thought and not allow the actual virus to be injected into your system.
Is this a duh moment or what ?  Is the gooberment jacking with you, ask yourself that , and then let me know.  In all sincerity I'm requesting that all of you not get the vaccine, it's just another trick, compliments of the Powers That Be, PTB.  Ha-ha, what a crock of sheyit.
Sara123, chime in now.    .    

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