Flu Pandemics and their place in History

Flu has been considered one of the most prevalent diseases the world over and with the strain we now call H1N1 or more commonly “Swine Flu/Bird Flu”. Throughout history, scientists have been able to isolate and identify major events/pandemics that have caused deaths sometimes into the millions. Thanks to the advent of a better understanding of genetics and many other advances in the field of virology vaccines are now available that encompasses a wide swath of the many strains this virus takes.

Many in the developed world have received their vaccines but sadly, with most of the world’s population in developing countries a lot still needs to be done. Scientists and medical experts are now armed with better understanding of how the virus spreads and are better equipped than ever to tackle another outbreak should it occur.


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