Medicine: A Mild Type of Flu

The winter flu flurry was on. The Army had already started giving the needle to all troops in Korea and those in the U.S. who had orders for overseas. Here & there across the U.S., civilian health authorities reported outbreaks of "respiratory infection," which some called grippe and some called influenza. The chances were that in most cases the disease was caused by the same virus that the Army's laboratories had isolated: influenza, type A' (pronounced, and often written "A prime"). If no other strain of flu virus shows up, there should be little occasion for alarm, since this variety of...

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