There is a great deal of interest both in this country and in foreign countries in the prevention of tuberculosis in infants by the use of B C G vaccine. Proponents of this method of preventing tuberculosis feel that the immunity produced by B C G vaccine will reduce the incidence of the disease in infants and young children who are intimately exposed to tuberculosis, thus reducing the mortality rate in this age group.
The material presented here is not intended to express any opinion for or against the efficacy of specific vaccination against tuberculosis. It seemed of interest, however, to analyze the mortality rates from tuberculosis in children over a period of years in a state where no attempts at B C G vaccination have been made, and to compare the trend in mortality here with that in a locality where vaccination has been used.
Data were obtained from
BOYNTON RE. THE DECLINING DEATH RATE FROM TUBERCULOSIS IN CHILDREN: AN ANALYSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS DEATHS IN MINNESOTA FROM 1915 TO 1932. JAMA. 1935;104(21):1875–1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760210007002
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