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November 12, 1910

The St. Louis Vaccination Situation

JAMA. 1910;55(20):1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330200058024

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[The occurrence of tetanus in three school children in St. Louis who had recently been vaccinated, and the death of two of these children, has given rise to considerable discussion in the newspapers in regard to compulsory vaccination. It has given opportunity, also, for the condemnation of vaccination by the antivaccinationists. The health authorities have made a thorough investigation of the three cases and have expressed it as their unanimous opinion that the infection was not the result of the vaccination. In order to get a statement of the situation we wrote for the facts concerning the matter, and are glad to publish the following statement from Dr. G. A. Jordan, Assistant Health Commissioner of St. Louis.]

Health Department, St, Louis. Oct, 29, 1910. 

To the Editor:—  In accordance with the request for a history of the development of tetanus in vaccinated children in this city, I have the honor

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