The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Infectious Disease

The National Academies

What You Need To Know About Infectious Disease

The Domestic and International Impacts of the 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic: Global Challenges, Global Solutions—Workshop Summary (2010)

In March and early April 2009, a new, swine-origin 2009-H1N1 influenza A virus emerged in Mexico and the United States. Global travel and trade allowed for the rapid spread of this virus and by October it had reached 191 countries and killed 5,700 people. Given the speed with which 2009-H1N1 was spreading, the international scientific, public health, security, and policy communities had to mobilize quickly to characterize this unique virus and address its potential effects.

The Domestic and International Impacts of the 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic: Global Challenges, Global Solutions is a summary of a workshop that aimed to examine the evolutionary origins of the H1N1 virus, evaluate its potential public health and socioeconomic consequences, and discuss strategies for monitoring and mitigating the impact of a fast-moving pandemic. The rapporteurs for this workshop reported on the need for increased and geographically robust global influenza vaccine production capacities; enhanced and sustained interpandemic demand for seasonal influenza vaccines; clear "triggers" for pandemic alert levels; and accelerated research collaboration on new vaccine manufacturing techniques. This book will be an essential guide for healthcare professionals, policymakers, drug manufacturers and investigators.

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For which of the following diseases do we currently lack an effective vaccine for prevention?

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    Although there are treatments available in the form of antivirals, we still currently lack a vaccine for HIV.

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    Although there are treatments available in the form of antivirals, we still currently lack a vaccine for HIV.

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    Although there are treatments available in the form of antivirals, we still currently lack a vaccine for HIV.

  • Sorry, that’s incorrect.

    Although there are treatments available in the form of antivirals, we still currently lack a vaccine for HIV.