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Prelude to the Fall: Special Flu Report

Welcome to the summer of unease.

By Brian W. Simpson, Jackie Powder, and Christine Grillo

The new H1N1 influenza virus that emerged in Mexico in April quickly ignited outbreaks as far away as the U.K. and Japan. As epidemiologists accumulated data and scientists probed the novel virus, they found H1N1 was neither as virulent nor as lethal as first suspected. But the quick-mutating influenza virus should never be underestimated. To learn what might happen—and what should happen—before flu season returns this fall, we turned to three Bloomberg School experts.

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