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News spotlight: World Health Organization pushes for H1N1 virus vaccines

Nurse Leader Insider, July 20, 2009

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The World Health Organization (WHO) stated the H1N1 virus was "unstoppable" last week and urged drug makers to develop vaccines to prevent it.

The WHO called for every country to immunize its citizens, but that healthcare professionals—specifically nurses, physicians, and technicians—receive the vaccinations first in order to maintain "a functional health system as the virus evolves." Each country must prioritize who will receive the vaccinations subsequently based on the virus's behavior.

Various reports indicate young adults, the severely obese, and healthy adults are prone to the H1N1 virus. A recent study published in Nature found people born before 1920 carry antibodies that make them more likely to be immune to the virus.

At least one million people are infected with the virus in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 211 deaths have been documented.

Source: Reuters.com



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