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December 2, 1944

Current Comment

JAMA. 1944;126(14):900. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850490034014

"COLD VACCINES"  In this issue of The Journal (page 895) appears a report sponsored jointly by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry and the Council on Industrial Health of the American Medical Association dealing with the use of so-called vaccines for the prevention of the common cold. The report points out that there is no uniformity in the types of vaccines employed, in their mode of administration or in the method of evaluating the results. None of the vaccines now available has proved value; none can be recommended for industrial groups or for individuals. In spite of the overwhelming evidence on this subject, some pharmaceutic firms continue to engage actively in the promotion and sale of various "vaccines" for the prevention of colds. This constitutes an irresponsible attitude toward the public and the medical profession, no better than most of the claims regarding the alleged benefit to colds from vitamins

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