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November 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(9):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270063017

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By the time this editorial appears. every practicing physician in the United States will have received two cards concerning poliomyelitis in the mail. Both are reminders to the doctor's patients—one encouraging them to start or complete their poliomyelitis vaccination series if they have not already done so, the other urging them to get their third inoculation. By filling out an enclosed form, each doctor can order free from the A. M. A. as many of these cards as he needs to send to his patients.

The two cards, together with a letter from A. M. A. President David B. Allman, mark the poliomyelitis inoculation campaign's "operation cleanup." They are designed to round up all the stragglers not yet motivated by previous efforts.

There are still plenty of stragglers. Even though approximately 72 million Americans have already received one or more doses of vaccine, 44 million need second or third injections.

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