Elder flu survivors sought for Vanderbilt study
Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:01 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University is recruiting survivors of a 1918 influenza pandemic for a second round of research on flu antibodies.
The Spanish influenza killed more than 13,000 people in Tennessee, according to Tennessee Department of Health records supplied to The Tennessean.
People 93 and older who survived the Spanish flu, but were exposed to it, still have antibodies that would attack the virus today.
Researchers say the virus has mutated out of its deadly form.
The point of the research is to explore the steel-trap memory of the human immune system.
Vanderbilt infectious disease expert Dr. James Crowe said understanding what happened in 1918 could help fight any future pandemic.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Published in The Messenger 6.16.10