JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Pupils with Certificates from Anti-Vaccinationist May be Excluded During Epidemic.—The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts says that in the two cases of Mary D. Hammond and J. Forest Hammond vs. Town of Hyde Park, each of the plaintiffs was suspended from one of the public schools of the defendant town because of a refusal to be vaccinated at a time when smallpox was prevalent in the town. A short time before the suspension the school committee made a regulation as follows: “Voted to exclude from attendance all unvaccinated children, and also all children who do not present a certificate of revaccination as required by the board of health, until such time as this committee may become satisfied that the imminent danger from smallpox in our town has ceased.”
MEDICOLEGAL.. JAMA. 2007;297(24):2818. doi:10.1001/jama.297.24.2818