H1N1 Influenza Center

From the Publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine

No Resurgence — Yet — in Cities Hardest Hit by H1N1 Last Spring No Resurgence — Yet — in Cities Hardest Hit by H1N1 Last Spring No Resurgence — Yet — in Cities Hardest Hit by H1N1 Last Spring

Some cities are reporting near-normal levels of flu activity for this time of year, according to an article in Thursday’s New York Times. The cities were those hardest hit at the outset of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.

New York, which had widespread school closures in the spring, is reporting normal attendance, according to the Times. The same holds true for Boston and Philadelphia. One theory to explain the relative lack of flu in these cities — as opposed to the rest of the country where activity is widespread — is that the earlier outbreaks conferred enough “herd immunity” to protect them now. The theory was put forward by New York City’s health commissioner at a national flu meeting last week.

Others aren’t so sure. The Times quotes one CDC researcher who says it’s “an interesting hypothesis, with biological plausibility,” but that only time would tell whether it’s accurate.

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  1. I am a New York City school teacher. Last spring the “epidemic” hit my classroom. Despite the media hype, I simply had a few students who were out of school for a few days. That was it. So far this fall, there has been no evidence of the swine flu posing a problem. I see only ordinary colds, no H1N1 yet, though flu season lasts quite a while. I have been a school teacher for years and have yet to catch the yearly influenza or the swine flu. However, now I am pregnant, and am being pressured to get the H1N1 vaccination. I have doctors telling me “get it, you are in a high risk group” and then I have pediatricians and pharmacists saying “I’m not getting it, or giving it out.” So what to do???? So far my only plan is to wait it out.