H1N1: Can a Vaccine Prevent an Epidemic Next Fall?

Friday, July 10, 2009

The swine flu has been out of the headlines lately, but the H1N1 virus has already infected over one million people in the United States. Federal health officials are very concerned about a pandemic when flu season ramps up in the fall. The heads of several federal agencies including Kathleen Sebelius, the head of Health and Human Services, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are all working to try and prevent an epidemic. Dr. Fauci joins The Takeaway with his thoughts on beating the virus.

"It is not an overwhelmingly virulent virus at this time. The concern that we have is that influenza viruses can change, can mutate; you have to watch it very carefully that it doesn't become more fierce or more virulent as it evolves in humans. The good news is that we've been tracking this intensively since the beginning of April. And now, in mid-July, it hasn't changed at all. It's virtually identical."
—Dr. Anthony Fauci on the nature of the H1N1 virus


Dr. Anthony Fauci

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