Published in Vaccine Weekly, March 27th, 2002
Influenza is one of the oldest and most common diseases known to man. It can also be one of the deadliest. The "Spanish flu" pandemic of 1918-1919 - considered to be the worst disease outbreak in the last century - claimed up to 40 million lives and is thought to have infected half the world's population. The possibility that this could happen again was exemplified by the A(H5N1) episode in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China in 1997 when one-third of infected patients died. ...
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