Influenza surveillance report no. 73, December 14, 1962
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Influenza surveillance report no. 73, December 14, 1962

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      "No laboratory confirmed outbreaks of influenza have been reported from any of the 50 States during the fall months of 1962 thus far. A number of-reports dealing with relatively restricted A2 outbreaks occurring during the spring of 1962 have been received, however, and are given here in abstract form. Also described are two outbreaks which have occurred since the last issue of the Influenza Surveillance Report appeared (May 31, 1962) in which the influenza B virus has been implicated. In anticipation of significant type A2 outbreaks during the 1962-63 season, the Influenza Surveillance Unit has undertaken a series of vaccine field studies in collaboration with a number of State and local health departments and the Arctic Health Research Center. These investigations are aimed at assessing the importance of such variables as antigenic strength, dosage schedule, type of vaccine (monovalent vs. polyvalent) and route of administration in determining vaccine efficacy--as measured by antibody response and protection in a natural challenge setting. Background information on these studies, a brief description of their design, and a list of participating investigators are given in this report. Two studies contributing to the problem of the possible role of influenza vaccine in the production of ABO hemolytic disease of the newborn are reported together with a background description of the circumstances of the recent controversy. In conducting the influenza surveillance program for the 1962-63 influenza season, a system of outbreak reporting similar to that used during the 1957 A2 outbreaks will be utilized. A description of the surveillance program and examples of the forms currently being used have been included. The report ends with a summary of the current weekly pneumonia and influenza deaths for the 108 cities." - p. [1]
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      December 14, 1962.

      Produced by the Communicable Disease Center Epidemiology Branch Influenza Surveillance Unit.

      "Summarized in this report is information received from State Health Departments, university investigators, virology laboratories and other pertinent sources, domestic and foreign. Much of the information is preliminary. It is intended primarily for the use of those with responsibility for disease control activities. Anyone desiring to quote this report should contact the original investigator for confirmation and interpretation." - preface

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