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Children and Young Adults Should be Vaccinated Against H2N2 Influenza Virus

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  March 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
According to a vaccine researcher at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Gary Nabel, the Government should begin vaccinating children and young adults against a strain of influenza virus- H2N2. This virus had killed about 1-4million people between the years 1957-1968. The H2N2 virus is now circulating among birds and pigs. They could easily pass on this virus to humans under 50years of age who have little or no immunity.
 Children and Young Adults Should be Vaccinated Against H2N2 Influenza Virus
Children and Young Adults Should be Vaccinated Against H2N2 Influenza Virus
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A pre-emptive vaccination campaign could help to avert a major pandemic.

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Dr. Nabel said, "Governments, regulatory agencies and industry should develop a pre-emptive vaccination program for H2N2. Waiting until an outbreak occurs risks making the same kind of mistakes made over the H1N1 pandemic." Scientists believe that this would be a comparatively cheaper option than stockpiling the vaccine or waiting for a pandemic to strike.


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