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October 25, 1919

LIPOVACCINES AS INFLUENZA PROPHYLACTICCorrection of Erroneous Statements in the Chicago Daily Tribune

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Washington, D. C. Surgeon-General, U. S. Public Health Service

JAMA. 1919;73(17):1302-1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430050026

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In the "How to Keep Well" section of the Chicago Tribune for Oct. 6, 1919, there appeared an article carrying the caption "Would Avert 'Flu' Attacks." This article is in some respects so misleading and reflects so seriously on the U. S. Public Health Service that I would request you to give this letter space in your columns.The portions referred to read as follows (italics are mine):There is considerable diversity of opinion as to whether vaccines need to be made from the local strains of bacteria. Since very few communities can get vaccines from local strains, they will have to use the standard strains or do without.Some state boards of health will furnish vaccines as they did last winter.The question about lipovaccines is a difficult one to answer. The Public Health Service has refused to allow the commercial houses to sell lipovaccines. Some

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