We have long known the H5N1 was really,really bad news just waiting to jump into an upper respiratory format for transmission. What if the H1N1 was put out into the world’s population to fight fire with fire... if that worked then you would expect to see the results of a broad cross immunity against both H1N1 and H5N1.
That would be if (A) TPTB were actually wise and good and (B) it really worked. One study with a few people is not something I’ll jump and shout about. Waiting for more info...
There were also studies done showing that (some) people who got flu and/or vaxed may get a much worse immune reaction next time they encounter flu virus; it’s called something like Original Antigenic Sin. I’ve read stuff about that lately, too.
IMHO at this point no one knows; and if they do really know, they ain’t telling.
Niman got vaxed last year and got swine flu, and I think he got flu twice. He got vaxed again this year. I got swine flu twice (not tested but I am sure it was). I read more than a few accounts of vaxed people get the flu, and people getting flu twice. So my personal opinion is that this vax (both last year’s swine vax and this years, which are both based on May 2009 flu) aren’t very protective.
But, that brings up a whole ‘nother question. How protective is the regular seasonal vax? Since so few actually die of flu a year and so few are ever tested, how well does the regular flu vax work? The last head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding, left to become head of Merck Vax dept. Says a lot to me.
I wrote a little flu update summary for people I know. SOrt of covers a few basic things, if anyone wants me to post it, I will. I finished it 10 days ago.