NIH-Funded Scientists Find 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Protects Mice from 1918 Influenza Virus – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Both the 1918 and 2009 flu pandemics were caused by H1N1 viruses. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explains, that alone would not mean a vaccine would work for both.
Fauci: But it was clear that in this case, there were certain elements of the 1918 H1N1 that were similar enough to the 2009 H1N1 that when the animals studies indicated that if you had vaccinated or exposed to or antibodies to one, you would be protected against the other.
Narrator: For more about H1N1 pandemic viruses and influenza research, 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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