Governments should not ease up on swine flu vaccine programs, experts say

Reuters
updated 10:53 a.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 8, 2010

LONDON – The declining wave of pandemic H1N1 flu is likely to be followed by new, unknown strains of seasonal flu which health authorities must watch carefully to devise protection measures, European flu experts said on Friday.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned that flu viruses “never stand still” and said governments should not relax H1N1 flu vaccination programs, but remain on guard for possible changes in the virus and new strains.

“The historical pattern of human influenzas is that after pandemics, the world experiences a new mix of viruses,” the ECDC’s flu expert Angus Nicoll wrote in the Eurosurveillance scientific journal.

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