Influenza FAQ

Influenza FAQ

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The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific branch of the American Society for Microbiology, a non-profit scientific society with almost 40,000 members. Fellows of the AAM have been elected by their peers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of microbiology. Through its colloquium program, the AAM draws on the expertise of these fellows to address critical issues in microbiology.


FAQ reports are based on the deliberations of 15-20 expert scientists who gather for a day to develop science-based answers to questions the public might have about topics in microbiology. The reports are reviewed by all participants, and by outside experts, and every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate and complete. However, the report is not intended to
advocate any particular position or action, nor to replace the advice of an individual’s health care provider.


The AAM does not offer medical advice and encourages consumers to be educated and informed when making medical decisions. Contents of the report may be distributed further so long as the authorship of the AAM is acknowledged and this disclaimer is included.