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March 1, 1958


Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1958;166(9):1081. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990090089021

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To the Editor:—  I should like to comment on the routine immunization of children with poliomyelitis vaccine. The excellent guest editorial by Thrupp (J. A. M. A.166:160 [Jan. 11] 1958) cites data which "suggest that immunization with poliomyelitis vaccine be started in infants as young as six weeks of age." Also, the editorial quotes the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on control of infectious diseases as follows: "It seems reasonable to begin primary immunization (against poliomyelitis) as early as the second month of life." Since immunization with poliomyelitis vaccine should now be routine for all children I would like to suggest its incorporation into accepted immunization schedules. This has several advantages, not the least of which is the avoidance of disruption of the present generally accepted schedule which begins at three months. A suggested addition of poliomyelitis vaccine to a recommended schedule follows (at present the DPT and

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