Summary #1008

Early exposure to flu influences lifelong response to specific viruses

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  • New evidence suggests that people’s lifelong response to the flu is largely affected by which type of flu we experience early in life - H1N1 or H3N2.
  • It could influence pandemic and epidemic planning, enabling public health officials to know who would be at greater risk.
  • By knowing which flu people were exposed to early in life, it’s possible to predict which epidemics they would be most susceptible to.
  • The evidence comes from analyzing data from the 2018-2019 flu season in Canada.

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