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WILL THE FLU RETURN? (Authoritative Statement issued by The U. S. Public Health Service.) ROBABLY, bnt by no means certain, there will be a re currence of the influenza epidemic this year. Indications are, that should it occur, it will not be as severe as the pandemic of the previous winter. )fficials, state and city boards of health, should be pre pared in the event of a recurrence. The fact that a previous attack brings immunity in a certain percentage of cases should allay fear on the part of those afflicted in the previous epidemic. Influenza is spread by direct and indirect contact. It is not yet certain that the germ has been isolated, or dis covered, and as a consequence there is yet no positive, preventive, except the enforcement of rigid rules of sanitation and the avoidance of personal contact. A close relation between the influenza pandemic and the con stantly increasing pneumonia mortality rate prior to the Fall of 1918 is recognized. It is now believed that the disease was pretty widely dissemina ted throughout the country before it was recognized in its epidemic state. This failure to recognize the early cases appears to have large ly been due to the fact that every interest was then centered on the war. Above are the important facts developed by the United States Public Health Service after a careful survey and investigation of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, carried on in every State and import ant city, and even in foreign countries. No one of the many experts of the Service would make a more positive forecast of the all-important question, will there be a recurrence? All agreed, however, that a recurrence was not nn likely, and in the face of the known facts, that it would be wise to be prepared, more with a view of being on the safe side than actu ally anticipating danger. The following excerpts from the Government report are pu blished for the benefit of the public and health officers in the hope that this will serve to set at rest the daily publication in the news- 10.