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i has been more severe, atleast in mortality, than the three-year epi demic of 1889-92, facts which justify the hope, though not the con clusion, that it has run its course already. It seems probable, however, that we may expect at least local recurrences in the near future, with an increase over the normal mortality from pneumonia for perhaps several years and certainly we should be, as far as possible, prepared to meet them by previous organization of forces and measures for attempted prevention, treatment, and scientific investigation. There should be no repetition of the extensive suffering and distress which accompanied last year's pandemic. Communities should make plans now for dealing with any recurrence of the epi demic. The prompt recognition of the early cases and their effective isolation should be aimed at. In this connection, attention is called to the fact that the cases may appear to be just ordinary colds. A recent extensive outbreak of what were regarded as "summer colds" in Peoria, Illinois, proved on investigation to be an epidemic of a mild type of influenza. Experiences indicates that these mild epi demics are often the starting points of more severe visitations. Hence every effort should be made to discover as early as possible any unusual prevalence of "colds". For municipalities operating on a budget basis, it is important that all delay in providing the necessary financial support to the health authorities in dealing with a recurrence of the epidemic be avoided by setting aside an emergency epidemic fund. This may prove of the greatest value in carrying out important preventive measures in the early days of the epidemic, at a time when their beneficial effect is greatest. i The most promising way to deal with a possible recurrence of the influenza epidmic is, to sum it up in a single wont, "Pre i paredness". And now is the time to prepare.