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November 25, 1974

Lack of Smallpox Protection

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Harbor City, Calif

JAMA. 1974;230(8):1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240080015009

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To the Editor.—  In March 1967, the American Hospital Association, in response to a telegram from the Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, urged revaccination of all hospital personnel whose last smallpox vaccination was more than three years old. As chairman of the immunization committee for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (presently numbering about 1,000 full- and part-time doctors), I attempted to implement this recommendation without success; our committee can recommend but cannot enforce our recommendations. In April 1972, I contacted the present chairman of the same committee (about the same problem); he has met with complete lack of success in his efforts.