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December 4, 1967

Poliomyelitis Vaccination

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

JAMA. 1967;202(10):991-992. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230117036

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To the Editor:—  I find the paper by Swanson, McAlister and Peterson (201:771, 1967) quite disturbing. The introductory summary concludes with the sentence, "Physicians should inquire about the immunization status of parents before administering vaccine to children." —And do what? The final sentence in the paper reads: "Nevertheless it seems reasonable to suggest that the immunization status of parents should receive some attention prior to administration of oral attenuated polio vaccine to their children, particularly if the parents have never been immunized against polio."Certainly these statements will dissuade some physicians from the use of oral polio vaccine. Must one vaccinate the parents first, and if so, would this endanger the children in the family? Should the entire family be vaccinated as a unit? What then about contacts outside of the household?At the present time, if live virus vaccine is incriminated as the cause of paralytic disease, only