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To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

In the 1993-94 flu season, North America will likely be hit by A/Beijing (H3N2), a variant of the flu that predominated in 1991-92.

"Some East Coast people will be immune to this Beijing variant because it circulated there, sometimes with fatal results, at the end of the 1992-93 season," says epidemiologist Dr. W. Paul Glezen of the Influenza Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Most persons elsewhere in North America have not been exposed to it, but the 1993-94 vaccine will provide protection. Because there is so little natural immunity to this flu variant, Glezen predicts that it could hit hard. Although the flu season does not usually begin until December, it started early in 1991-92. People at high risk for flu complications should get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available, usually in September, he recommends.
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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