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Report: Swine Flu Hitting Children Hardest

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November 19th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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Several reports today are revealing that the swine flu virus is infecting children the most -- in Chicago among other places.
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November 19th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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Dr Anthony Fauci, the long-serving director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)offers two broad reasons for why H1N1 is striking the young.

1. Immunological naivety. Youth, especially those aged four and under, are "immunologically naive" i.e. they have not been exposed to multiple virus strains in their short lives. Hence there are fewer antibodies that can cross react with flu viruses.

2. Social clustering. Young persons cluster in classroom, work and other social settings facilitating the transmission of flu viruses.

Be Well. Ed - The Editor, Influenza Monitor

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