Swine Flu Immunity in Older Adults

POSTED: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 1:51pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 9:29pm

New startling numbers out today from the CDC show 11 more kids have died from the swine flu. Close to 90 children have died from the virus since the outbreak first started this spring, that is double the number we would see in a typical flu season. Why is the H1N1 virus spreading mostly among the young, as opposed to older adults? Dr. Luis Escobedo, regional director with the Texas Department of State Health Services says those people who were around when similar flu strains circulated between 1918 and 1976, could have developed an immunity against the new swine flu. Although most older adults are not considered high risk for developing complications from the H1N1 virus, Dr. Escobedo still recommends those with chronic diseases such as diabetes still get vaccinated.

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