Outbreak of influenza in highly vaccinated crew of U.S. Navy ship

Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 May-Jun;7(3):463-5. doi: 10.3201/eid0703.010320.


An outbreak of influenza A (H3N2) occurred aboard a U.S. Navy ship in February 1996, despite 95% of the crew's having been appropriately vaccinated. Virus isolated from ill crew members was antigenically distinct from the vaccination strain. With an attack rate of 42%, this outbreak demonstrates the potential for rapid spread of influenza in a confined population and the impact subsequent illness may have upon the workplace.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines / immunology*
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vaccination


  • Influenza Vaccines