Immunity to H1N1?

  1. A doctor I was speaking with mentioned that people born after the swine flu epidemic of the 1950s may have some immunity to the latest outbreak, and perhaps that is why older people are not contracting the disease to the degree younger people are being affected. Has anyone heard this theory or have any info on this?
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  3. by   indigo girl
    Good point.

    It has been said that those born prior to 1956 might have some immunity. This may have some basis in fact, but as I read info from many countries recently, I am seeing more older folks dying now. It may be that they have more prior existing health conditions that may make them more susceptible to infections in general.

    Also, as the virus makes its way around the globe in successive waves, it mght tend to target different populations with each pass.
    This would be consistent with the history of past pandemic influenzas.

    We will know more as we go along. It is still relatively early in the pandemic which we can expect to last for over a year...