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Oral Polio Vaccine Communications
October 5, 1964

Oral Poliomyelitis VaccinesReport of Special Advisory Committee on Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccines to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service

JAMA. 1964;190(1):49-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140055007

A SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE on oral poliomyelitis vaccines met at the Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, July 17-18. The group consisted of the recently formed Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and members of the Special Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine Advisory Committee that met during 1962. The Surgeon General served as Chairman of the group (list of officers and members appear at the end of this paper).

The Committee reviewed data regarding the surveillance of poliomyelitis in this country from 1955-1961 when inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine was used, and from 1961 to the present date when oral poliomyelitis vaccines have come into use with increasing frequency. Particular attention was directed to reported cases of paralytic diseases occurring in association with the administration of oral vaccines. Recommendations were developed for the continuing use of monovalent and trivalent oral poliomyelitis vaccines.

Surveillance  The incidence of paralytic poliomyelitis declined from an annual level

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