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Old 11-14-2009, 09:46 AM   #60
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Re: swine flue true statistics

Agree with Darrell, thanks for mentioning those new data.

One correction, seasonal flu is most often influenza A H3N2. The vaccine is chosen according to the best guesses of the strains of influenza B, influenza A H3N2, and influenza A H1N1 (not the H1N1 "swine flu" currently discussed) that are likely to appear that season based on the epidemiology of flu infections the previous season. Tamiflu works against A and B in general, but over the last few years, the endemic H3N2 has become highly resistant to Tamiflu; this is the rationale for limiting widespread use of Tamiflu with this new H1N1 epidemic.
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