Novel H1N1 ‘remarkably similar’ to seasonal flu

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Sarasota Health News editor and reporter David Gulliver talked to experts and listened to press conferences to produce a primer on H1N1 influenza, finding that in severity and contagiousness, it’s not really all that different from the seasonal flus that sweep the nation annually.

A few highlights from Gulliver’s report, which can serve as a model for H1N1 primers in other local markets as well:

  • H1N1 is only unusual in that it hits young adults harder than most flu strains and is most severe in middle-aged adults.
  • If you have the flu this season, it’s highly likely that you have H1N1.
  • Autumn and winter should bring a surge in H1N1, but experts say there should be no reason to panic, as that common sense should get folks through flu season safely.

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