Communicable Disease Center influenza report and reporting system
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Communicable Disease Center influenza report and reporting system

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      CDC influenza report
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      Cover letter sent out with the first issue of CDC influenza report (no. 1, July 9, 1957) by Robert J. Anderson (Assistant Surgeon General, Chief, Communicable Disease Center) to "Public Health Officials and Others Concerned with Influenza."

      "As Far East strains of influenza virus spread world wide, the rapid distribution of pertinent information is of maJor importance. The impressive forewarning provided by alert investigators in the present situation is remarkable and every advantage should be taken to maintain this lead.

      An effective reporting system through the National Office of Vital Statistics is now in operation. More frequent reports would greatly benefit those presently engaged in influenza activities. Consequently, the Communicable Disease Center plans to distribute at frequent intervals an "Influenza Report" which will contain pertinent laboratory information and epidemiolgic data relative to recent events.

      Dr. Keith E. Kensen, CDC Virus and Rickettsia Section, Montgomery, Alabama, and Dr. Robert H. Drachman, Influenza Surveillance Unit, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Georgia, will prepare Jointly the "CDC: Influenza Report''. This will cover investigations of outbreaks with specific laboratory results and information on diagnostic techniques and reagents. Vaccine production and testing will also be included when available.

      These reports will be sent to State and Territorial Health Officers and Epdemiologists, all laboratories collaborating with the Influenza Center, abdd others involved in influenza activities. Because of its provisional nature, information contained in the Reports will not be for public release. Individual states, of course, will judge the advisability of releasing their own data.

      Readily accessible, reasonably accurate and current data represent a major factor in the maintenance of an obJective view towards the influenza situation. With this vital consideration in mind, we will make every effort to collaborate with you in the present undertaking."

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