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Q) Is flue pandemic different to flue that occurs every year?
 
A) Yes. The seasonal outbreaks or 'epidemics' of flu that occur each year are caused by subtypes of influenza viruses that are already circulating among people. This means that there is already a level of immunity in the community. Because we know or can predict which viruses are circulating each year, we can also vaccinate high risk people for it. Pandemic flu is caused by an entirely new virus subtype. Because it is a new subtype, no-one in the community will have immunity to it. The pandemic can spread very quickly before a vaccine becomes available, affecting a greater number of people and likely causing greater sickness and death than a seasonal outbreak of flu.

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