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April 4, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;118(14):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830140050018

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IMMUNIZATION IS 1942 MAY DAY OBJECTIVE  By authorization of an act of Congress, the President of the United States annually proclaims May Day, May 1, as Child Health Day. Usually special attention is given to the health of infants and children with special reference to preventive measures such as well baby supervision, immunization against communicable diseases, protection of the milk supply and water supply, and corrective measures relating to so-called physical defects. This year May Day is to have a special objective. The migration of populations as a result of defense and war industry, and the building of cantonments with consequent mushroom growth in surrounding communities, plus the necessity for being prepared for possible evacuation has emphasized the danger of epidemics of communicable diseases. The United States Children's Bureau, which is responsible for the May Day celebration, recommends that a major effort be made to secure at once

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