Journal Article

An Outbreak of Influenza A Caused by Imported Virus in the United States, July 1999

Valerie L. Laurel, Caroline C. De Witt, Yolanda A. Geddie, Maryanne C. Yip, Donna M. Dolan, Linda C. Canas, Matthew J. Dolan and Elizabeth A. Walter

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 11, pages 1639-1642
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/320513
An Outbreak of Influenza A Caused by Imported Virus in the United States, July 1999

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We report 32 cases of culture-proven influenza A (A/Sydney) caused by virus imported into mainland US military barracks from Puerto Rico in July 1999. Despite the fact that the shelf life of the influenza vaccine is 18 months and that the outbreak strain was a component of the previous year's vaccine, no vaccine was available from manufacturers, owing to US Food and Drug Administration regulations. Formal consideration should be given to extending the date of expiration and to maintaining a supply of the influenza vaccine year-round.

Journal Article.  2142 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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