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January 31, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(5):525-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000220105024

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Conference Urges More Poliomyelitis Vaccinations  In order to review the nation's experience with poliomyelitis during 1958 and to map out ways of promoting more vaccinations before next summer, Dr. Leroy Burney, surgeon general, U. S. Public Health Service, called a meeting in December in Washington, D. C, of 30 officials from national medical groups, voluntary health organizations, and state and local health departments.The surgeon general urged parents of young children who have not been vaccinated, particularly those under five, to start their children on the course of three vaccinations immediately. Dr. Burney said, "It is a tragic circumstance that hundreds of children and young adults will be spending the balance of their lives in wheel chairs or on crutches because of a failure to be vaccinated. The parents of these children and all adults up through the age of 40 should also be vaccinated."The primary conclusion of the conference was that intensive campaigns by local communities will be necessary throughout the coming months if millions of unvaccinated Americans under 40 years of age are to be protected before next summer. The

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