Thursday, May 21, 2009

Swine Flu May Be Kind To Older People

Usually during flu season the concerns are for the old, the very young and those who have compromised immune systems. They are the ones most likely to get very ill - or die - from the flu.

But now comes evidence that the swine flu may be more respectful to older people than are their grandchildren.

Researchers are noting that the older population seems, well, immune to the swine flu.

There are possible explanations - something about a flu strain that appeared from 1918 to 1957 making those of us born before 1957 less susceptible to this new strain.

Whatever the reason, those of us old enough to qualify are happy that we get an unexpected benefit beyond what the AARP offers.

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