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October 12, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;190(2):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070150091046

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Abstract

PHS on Oral Vaccine.—  A special advisory committee to the Public Health Service urged renewed drives by local communities during the fall and winter to vaccinate the younger age groups against poliomyelitis.The report was prepared by a Special Advisory Committee on Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine and was made public by Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, MD.The committee's report said that the age groups to be immunized and the vaccine chosen for use should be determined locally. The committee said, however, that in its view the oral vaccination of persons over 18 years of age should "generally be recommended only in those situations in which unusual exposure to poliomyelitis might be anticipated, such as epidemics, entry into military service, and travel to other countries."The committee recommended strongly the immunization of infants during their first year of life and the routine immunization of all children entering school.Terry, in releasing

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