Epidemiology and prevention of acute respiratory disease in naval recruits. III. The effect of delayed immunizations on acute respiratory disease in navy recruits
Pierce, W.E.; Miller, L.F.
American Journal Public Health 55(1): 60-66
Routine nonrespiratory disease immunizations given to naval recruits during the early weeks of training, when maximum incidence of ARD [acute respiratory diseases] including pneumonia is usually experienced, increased the incidence of reported and surveyed respiratory disease by approximately 20%. This increase was observed in all 4 seasons of 1961 and was evident for both nonadenoviral as well as adenovirus associated disease. The excessive illness was apparently not simply a reflection of increased motivation of recruits with respiratory disease to report their illness because of superimposed immunization reaction.