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I had a friend receive treatment for the Swine Flu in the 1980's. For part of a year, he suffered from the vaccination he received--being paralyzed from the neck down. This, plus the infamous Spanish Influenza triggered my interest in Influenza viruses.
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Guide to Influenza Viruses: Their Physiology & Physiognomy

Influenza viruses are small, replicating disease entities, categorized by “strains,” e.g. Influenza A, Influenza B, and Influenza C. These not only replicate but mutate as well, Influenza A doing so very rapidly, being responsible for some of the more serious illnesses, such as the Spanish Flu and the Bird Flu. Although the immune system can prevent re-infection by identical virus particles, mutations prevent recognition. Influenza viruses can be identified by their protein coat—Influenza A viruses according to hemagglutinin and neuraminidase; hence they bear designations like H1N1, etc. Viruses that can transfer from animals to humans are especially problem causing. Allow articles by your Bright Hub contributors to keep you informed.

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