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January 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(3):221-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650290051020

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The Neglect of Vaccination

This table, recently published, shows the increasing extent of the neglect of vaccination in London:

The vaccination figures for 1922 are not yet available. Of thirteen cases of smallpox admitted to hospital from London in the autumn of 1923 two were fatal. In one, the patient was an unvaccinated woman of 28, and in the other a man of 50, who had been vaccinated only in infancy. Of the eleven patients who recovered, three were unvaccinated. The table shows that considerably less than half the London children are now vaccinated, and there is no reason to suppose that the condition is any better in the country generally. Indeed, some parts are known to be worse. The dangers of this condition have been foretold. Thanks to other methods of prevention, such as prompt isolation and the vaccination of contacts, we have so far escaped a

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