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July 29, 1968


JAMA. 1968;205(5):21-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140310005003

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PHS Prediction: Fewer Cases of Flu This Season  Little or no Asian (A2) influenza is expected in the United States during the coming fall and winter season, the Public Health Service predicts. A possible exception is the Pacific Coast.Only scattered reports of Type B influenza are anticipated.This is in marked contrast to the 1967-1968 season when all but four states reported outbreaks of flu. There was also a sharp increase in pneumonia-influenza deaths in most regions of the country.Routine vaccination is not being recommended for healthy adults and children say experts at the National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC). "Large-scale vaccination programs are not now warranted..." until an epidemic is forecast and the vaccines can offer high level, durable protection with fewer local and systemic reactions.For individuals known to experience a high mortality rate during influenza epidemics, immunization is recommended. Included in this group are all