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April 18, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(16):1944. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000330116015

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Personal.—  Dr. William W. Fellows, assistant chief medical director for planning, retired from the Veterans Administration on March 26, 1959, after having held that post since March, 1955.


Influenza Outbreaks.—  Outbreaks of influenza B have been positively diagnosed in five areas of the United States: northern Indiana; central Iowa; Massachusetts; the Washington, D. C., metropolitan area; and southern Michigan. Influenza-like illnesses, resulting in high rates of absenteeism in some schools, have also occurred in the past few weeks in Denver and several other communities in Colorado and in west central Mississippi. The virus causing these outbreaks, however, has not been identified. All epidemics so far have been mild and have been confined chiefly to elementary and high school students. The pattern of these outbreaks, as well as the fact that physicians have protected many of their high-risk elderly patients with polyvalent vaccine, suggests that further

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