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April 14, 1956


Author Affiliations

Medical Director National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis 120 Broadway New York 5.

JAMA. 1956;160(15):1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960500084022

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To the Editor:—  The art of medicine often consists in making reasonable compromises between ideal and real situations. The real situation with regard to the present supply of Salk poliomyelitis vaccine, as it concerns the private practice of many physicians, may require a compromise with the ideal dosage schedule for the administration of this proved prophylactic for paralytic poliomyelitis. I wish to present and reiterate some facts about the Salk vaccine that may help physicians decide most wisely for themselves how they shall use the supplies of vaccine that are available to them. The following compromise or emergency dosage schedule of Salk vaccine coming into the physician's private practice seems warranted under current conditions of supply: 1. Do not give "booster" shots between now and July 1. There is minimal risk if, in fact, any at all, in giving primary or booster shots during the poliomyelitis season. 2. Use all

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