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H1N1 Blogs


Pandemic or Not


June 2, 2010

This June marks a year since H1N1 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is currently deciding whether it should maintain H1N1’s status as a "Level 6" pandemic or declare it officially over. Their other option is to declare the pandemic in its "post-peak" phase.

WHO currently defines the most severe grade, or "Level 6," pandemic as "increased and sustained transmission in the general population." At this level, a disease has been transmitted from animals to humans and is spreading on a global scale—beyond localized clusters of people.

The International Health Regulations (IHR) Review Committee is charged with looking back on the actions taken in...

Studies Show Immunity to H1N1


June 16, 2010

Striking Results in Mice

There are an increasing number of studies that point to long-term immunity offered by previous infection with H1N1 virus. This week, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease released the results of a study showing that the H1N1 vaccine worked to protect mice against contracting the 1918 strain of the influenza virus. 

The study explained that strains of H1N1 can share similar features. The antibodies produced to fight the virus also take on similar characteristics and can help to...

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