February 11, 2010
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Here is a report on the difference in the H1N1 flu compared to a normal flu season. What struck me about the report is the average age for hospitalization 28 versus 71 for a normal flu? What a difference.
It was explained to me that an identical strain of this flu was present in the 70's at some point, so older people have developed an immunity to it, while the younger generation hadnt yet been exposed.
Again, this could be just hearsay, but it does make sense.
An expert once gave a talk at my prior employer about the flu epidemic that struck around the time of WWI, where lots of young soldiers were killed. If I remember correctly, one reason for the lethality of that strain among younger victims is that it would actually put your immune system in overdrive. Normally a strong immune system would be an advantage against the flu, but in that case it may be a DISadvantage. This strain may harbor that same type of characteristic.
Cheers and Godspeed,
vqaymer, I read about that as well. I am just glad that 2/3rds of the community I am in got the flu shot.