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August 15, 1966

PHS Forecasts Little Flu This Year

JAMA. 1966;197(7):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110070020006

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"Relatively little influenza activity" will afflict the United States during next winter and spring, US Public Health Service experts predict.

Nevertheless, vaccinations should begin soon after Sept 1, especially among the aged and other high risk groups, the PHS's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends.

The polyvalent vaccine employed in 1966-1967 vaccinations will be of the same composition as that used this year, the report continued.

In its statement issued by the Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, the government-universityindustry committee based its statements on the following:

• Influenza was confirmed in 49 of the 50 states during the past "season." Only Missouri failed to report isolation to the CDC. Twenty states reported both Types A and B.

"This means that the antibody level is fairly high in the general population," Roslyn Q. Robinson, PhD, told JAMA Medical News.

"More important to our expectations, however, is what we know about the periodicity