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Vaccine Update
Did a wolf cry ‘pandemic’?
Mary S. Hayney, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2010;50:656-657. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2010.10535

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Was the public health response to the 2009–10 H1N1 influenza pandemic too aggressive? Overall, the pandemic caused less clinical disease than feared. The virus attacked children and young adults at a higher rate than other population segments. The death rate was relatively low, but those who died were disproportionately young. The first novel H1N1 influenza cases were identified in late April 2009.+1 A global pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization on June 11, 2009—just 6 weeks after the first cases were reported. The rapid spread across the continents was aided by the mobility of modern society, as well as the high transmissibility of the viral strain.+2

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