November 13, 2016

Your birth year predicts your odds if flu pandemic were to strike

Your birth year predicts -- to a certain extent -- how likely you are to get seriously ill or die in an outbreak of an animal-origin influenza virus, according to a study co-led by researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Until now, it was believed that previous exposure to a flu virus conferred little or no immunological protection against new influenza viruses that can jump from animals into humans. Read more.


- 'First flu' affects lifetime risk - BBC
First flu strain beaten by child determines life-time protection and vulnerability – study - RT

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