NIH-Funded Scientists Find 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Protects Mice from 1918 Influenza Virus – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A new vaccine tested in mice works against both the 1918 influenza pandemic virus and the 2009 strains of H1N1 influenza. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says this is because both viruses share some similar features.
Fauci: If you have some similarities between viruses, even though they were separated by decades and decades and decades, that the response against one could be partially protective against the other.
Narrator: Investigators say, their results suggest people who are vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 influenza or were exposed to the virus could be similarly protected against the 1918 strain of H1N1. For details, visit niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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