A more severe flu pandemic is as inevitable as “death and taxes”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3410
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

    The next flu pandemic could be more severe than the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, health experts have warned.

    Maria Zambon, director of the Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Infections, borrowed from Benjamin Franklin when she suggested that the emergence of new pandemics was as certain in this world as “death and taxes.”

    Professor Zambon was summing up the Health Protection Agency’s Pandemic Influenza Conference held in London on 21 and 22 June, which explored the world’s response to a 21st century pandemic.

    Earlier in the conference Nancy Cox, …

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