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August 24, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(8):607-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760340053023

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)July 27, 1935.

Report of British Medical Association on Immunization  More than a year ago, the British Medical Association appointed a committee consisting mainly of health officers and pathologists to prepare a scheme for informing the public regarding the protection afforded by the various methods now available of immunization against diseases. The committee's report has now been published. It deals with the diseases against which specific immunization may be widely applied— diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, the typhoids and smallpox.

DIPHTHERIA  The committee states that diphtheria is not less prevalent than formerly but is less fatal. Isolation and sanitary measures have failed to control it, and it accounts for 3,000 deaths annually. Active immunization is confidently advocated. In children under the age of 8 years the preliminary Schick test may be omitted, since the great majority may be assumed to be susceptible, but as a test

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