Influenza Immunization and Lupus Erythematosus

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To the editor: In four papers in the June 1978 issue, Drs. Williams, Brodman, Ristow, and Louie (all with coauthors) (1–4) report data and separately endorse the safety of influenza vaccination for persons with systemic lupus erythematosus, a view balanced with cautionary comments in a summarizing editorial by Drs. Hess and Hahn (5). Reference is made to Ayvazian's and Badger's report of lupus erythematosus among vaccinated student nurses (6), but the immunization patterns that we described were not at all duplicated by these new studies.

These papers in the June issue are being quoted at conferences and cited by science

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