WHO: 2009 H1N1 risks not hyped

September 28, 2010 2:39:03 PM PDT
The chief of the World Health Organization said the group did not hype the risks of H1N1 last year and made the best decisions possible with the available information.

WHO activated a pandemic alert after H1N1 was identified in Mexico and found in the U.S. But the strain actually caused less death and serious disease than normal seasonal influenza.

Many critics questioned whether the large scale vaccinations served mainly to line the pockets of pharmaceutical companies.

WHO says a new disease is-- by definition-- poorly understood as it emerges and it feels the right measures were taken.