Researchers say your first flu infection in childhood can provide protection against similar flu viruses for the rest of your life. If you have ever had the flu and been stuck in bed for days, you may have wondered why some people around you who got sick were barely affected. Or more specifically, the type of virus you were first exposed to as a child predicts which ones you will be vulnerable to later in life. On the flip side, you may also have a better chance of fighting off an infection caused by a flu virus similar to the one you were exposed to in childhood. In the study , published today in Science, researchers focused on two recent types of avian flu, H5N1 and H7N9.
The Asian Bird Flu Outbreak - Developing A Vaccine
BBC ON THIS DAY | 1 | British public gets 'Asian Flu' vaccine
To begin with: You should get a flu shot. You should certainly get all of your other vaccines and make sure your children get them. They will protect you and others from getting deadly and debilitating things like mumps, whooping cough, polio and measles. But this is a story about one time over 40 years ago when poor decision-making on the part of the government led to the unnecessary vaccination of about 45 million citizens. We can't blame it for the modern anti-vaccine movement , which has more recent roots in a retracted paper that linked one vaccine to autism, but it certainly had an effect on the public's view of vaccines. On February 4, , a young soldier named David Lewis died of a new form of flu.
Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix
The — Asian flu pandemic was a global pandemic of influenza A virus subtype H2N2 that originated in Guizhou in southern China. The first cases were reported in Guizhou of southern China , in   or in early The People's Republic of China was not a member of the World Health Organization at the time not until  , and did not inform other countries about the outbreak. In late , a second wave of the flu took place in Northern China , especially in rural areas.
Back to Health A to Z. Bird flu, or avian flu, is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds. In rare cases, it can affect humans. There are lots of different strains of bird flu virus.