Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Predict H1N1 Flu Not Likely to be as Serious as 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Researchers in the United States are working furiously to prepare for the upcoming flu season, which usually begins in late October, but could peak earlier than normal this year.

Vaccines are being tested to prevent mass outbreaks of H1N1, and the World Health Organization expects large doses to be available in time for flu season. As researchers learn more about the virus, it's being compared to the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is home to some of the leading scientists who are conducting research into the mutating virus and the measures being taken to deal with it.