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July 3, 1943


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Newberry, Mich. Director, District Department of Health No. 6.

JAMA. 1943;122(10):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840270053026

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To the Editor:—  I have read with great interest the communication on the subject "Smallpox Vaccination Reactions" (The Journal, June 5, p. 395). The loss of immunity to smallpox takes place gradually and is subject to considerable individual variation. In my experience, beginning vaccinoid reactions occasionally showed as early as the second day.For the past two years I have promoted smallpox revaccination by emphasizing the fact that it should be regarded in the same light as the Schick test for susceptibility to diphtheria, which has the added advantage of not requiring any further procedure to remedy the lack of protection, if immunity to smallpox is not present. I heartily second the proposal to attach Jenner's name to the immune reaction. However, I should like to suggest that the appellation "Jenner test" would be more appropriate in stressing its value as a routine public health measure as well as its

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