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October 12, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(6):689-690. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980240047016

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In this issue of The Journal (page 691) there appears the second comprehensive report of the American Medical Association Special Committee on Influenza. While the first report ( The Journal, September 28, page 356) was directed primarily toward the individual physician, the present report is intended to be more of a guide to assist local medical societies in organizing their Asian influenza program. At the same time, it offers the means for the medical society to assume its share of the leadership in this particular preventive medicine program.

Despite all previous public press concerning a possible influenza epidemic, an occasion might well arise where local circumstances will necessitate supplemental health education, limited to a particular community or area. For example, local problems are apt to present themselves in regard to the closing of schools, whether certain local groups should receive priority immunizations, and especially how to treat oneself in an unusual

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