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Re: Swine flu alert

Postby stephen » 18 Jun 2009, 06:55

I was listening to a BBC science podcast on the plane, and they were saying that one of the odd things about this outbreak is how it affects young people more than the elderly. They now think they know why. Those who are about 40 or older were exposed to the 1960s major flu outbreak (67?), and it seems that this version the H1N1 virus is close enough to that that they still have antibodies to fight it. Those of us born in the 70s or later don't, and so we're more likely to pick up the virus.
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Re: Swine flu alert

Postby CP » 18 Jun 2009, 08:37

That's really interesting Stephen. Does that mean if you're over 40 but didn't get that flu in the 60's you will still have an immunity? :?:
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Re: Swine flu alert

Postby stephen » 18 Jun 2009, 17:42

It seems to be the case that those "exposed" in the 1960s are protected. The program may still be on the BBC website. According to my iPod it was "The Material World" on 30th April. It should be at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jzww6
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