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Immunity to Swine Flu May Be Broader Than Thought

MONDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) — The swine flu virus that’s sweeping across the United States isn’t a total stranger to your immune system, a new study shows — a finding that should ease the most drastic worries about the lethality of the pandemic.

“What has been widely reported in the general press is that the swine flu is totally new, so there is no immunity to it,” said study lead author Bjoern Peters, an assistant member of the division of vaccine discovery at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in La Jolla, Calif. “But the severity of infections that have been seen is not greater than usually seen in seasonal flu.”

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