H1N1 Flu Not Likely to Mirror 1918 Pandemic


Researchers in the United States are working furiously to prepare for the upcoming flu season, which usually begins in late October, but could peak earlier than normal this year. Vaccines are being tested to prevent mass outbreaks of H1N1, and the World Health Organization expects large doses to be available in time for flu season. As researchers learn more about the virus, it’s being compared to the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is home to some of the leading scientists who are conducting research into the mutating virus and the measures being taken to deal with it. Kate Moody visited the university in Baltimore, Maryland, to find out if they expect a repeat of 1918.


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