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May 1961

Vaccination of Children Against Influenza: Guest Editorial

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Epidemiology and Virus Laboratory, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(5):543-545. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020060001001

The high incidence and widespread occurrence of Asian influenza in the United States during the fall and winter of 1957-1958 and again during the winter of 1960 has reemphasized the importance of influenza as a major cause of severe respiratory disease in children. In 1957, as is true for all epidemics of influenza previously studied, the attack rate was highest in school-age children and was very high in children of preschool age. Many schools were forced to close and life was made uncomfortable for many families. During the period of prevalence of influenza in 1957 and 1958, the mortality was highest in infants. A large excess of deaths also occurred among older children, many of whom had some chronic disease.1 Clearly, the need for prevention of influenza in childhood is great. To date, vaccination is the only available means of preventing influenza, and its protective effect in children has

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