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Pediatricians Discuss Diphtheria
The Venetia Euganea chapter of the Società italiana di pediatria held recently its first regional congress at Padua, in the Clinica pediatrica, under the chairmanship of Professor Frontali. The chief topic on the program was "Diphtheria." Baccichetti discussed antidiphtheria vaccination as applied to the school children of Treviso, in 1931, 2,470 children having been vaccinated. In 105 diphtheria cases reported during the year in the commune, 6 of the patients had been vaccinated. Fifteen per cent of the children, although vaccinated, presented a positive Schick reaction. Nevertheless, the author favors making antidiphtheria vaccination compulsory, at least in collective groups of children.Pagani-Cesa reported the results of antidiphtheria vaccination in groups of children in Padua. Of 257 children vaccinated about three years ago with three injections of Ramon toxoid, he found that only 1.8 per cent of the subjects become Schick negative. A year and a half later,
ITALY. JAMA. 1932;98(23):2002–2003. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730490048020
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