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    Posted: October 27 2009 at 3:11pm
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So you think you’ve had swine flu and don’t need to get a vaccination.  A local doctor says think again.

Dr. Mudassar Chaudry, an infectious disease expert with Lewis Gale Medical Center, says most H1N1 cases are just suspected and have not been confirmed.

Chaudry says even if a lab test confirms you do indeed have swine flu, that doesn’t mean you can’t get it again.

“If truly it was swine flu, still the virus can mutate in the same season.“, says Chaudry.  “You can still become ill again with a slightly different strain of the same virus.“

Chaudry says the virus can even mutate to the point it becomes resistant to anti-viral drugs like Tamiflu.


Just spotted this and wondered what your thoughts were?


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My thoughts are, that the virus might mutate, sure...but if you've already truly had it, then your antibodies should be able to fight "most of it" (the part that hasn't mutated) it, and you won't get sick. Or if you do get sick, it shouldn't be too bad at all.
But hey...I'm not doctor!
Just like they say if you had a "relative" of other flu strains in past years, that it helps you if you get a new strain related to the old one.
(I can't explain it!)
 
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If the mutation is in the part(s) of the virus to which you've developed antibody, you can get infected again. if the new virus is antigenically similar to the old one, but only changed in some virulence factor, you should be safe. The same goes for the vaccine.
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Otherwise, why have a vaccine.
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Originally posted by Guinn Guinn wrote:

My thoughts are, that the virus might mutate, sure...but if you've already truly had it, then your antibodies should be able to fight "most of it" (the part that hasn't mutated) it, and you won't get sick. Or if you do get sick, it shouldn't be too bad at all.
But hey...I'm not doctor!
Just like they say if you had a "relative" of other flu strains in past years, that it helps you if you get a new strain related to the old one.
(I can't explain it!)
 


Somewhat wrong.

Originally posted by gardener gardener wrote:

If the mutation is in the part(s) of the virus to which you've developed antibody, you can get infected again. if the new virus is antigenically similar to the old one, but only changed in some virulence factor, you should be safe. The same goes for the vaccine.


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