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September 21, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(12):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430380035006

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One by one, the courts of the different States are settling the question of the legality of compulsory vaccination of school children. Feb. 11, 1895, the general term of the Supreme Court of New York, affirmed, in re Smith, a decision holding constitutional, Section 200 of the Public Health Law of that State which provides that no child or person not vaccinated shall be admitted or received into any of the public schools of the State. And only recently has been made accessible, the decision of the Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut in the case of Bissell v. Davison, rendered Dec. 1, 1894, of much the same purport. In the latter case, the court holds that a statute providing that the board of school visitors of any town may require that every child shall be vaccinated before being permitted to attend the public schools, is valid, and there is

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