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February 17, 1906

THE COST OF ANTIVACCINATION.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(7):516. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510340042012

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Abstract

At the present time there seems to be a sort of recrudescence of agitation against vaccination all over the country, but more pronounced in certain sections. This has been especially the case in Pennsylvania, where smallpox has prevailed to some extent and where, in consequence, the vaccination and isolation laws have been more strictly enforced than in ordinary times. In view of the attempts to influence public opinion and to bring about legislation for the repeal of compulsory vaccination laws, the commissioner of public health, Samuel G. Dixon, makes public some statistics and estimates of the state health authorities. From a careful estimate it appears that, outside of the cities and boroughs, the average cost of quarantining smallpox cases is, at the lowest figures, $350 for each individual patient. Special figures are given for special localities which, in a general way, bear out these statements. In the cities or boroughs

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