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July 21, 1900

COMPULSORY VACCINATION OF CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DECLARED LEGAL IN PENNSYLVANIA.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290037011

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Abstract

An important decision as to the legality of compulsory vaccination of school-children in Pennsylvania has just been rendered after a month's advisement by President Judge Pennypacker and Judge Sulzberger in the Court of Common Pleas in the City of Philadelphia. In order to test the question whether or not children must be vaccinated before entering the public schools, a citizen had brought a mandamus proceeding against the principal of one of the schools to compel the admission of his daughter, who had never been vaccinated, as a pupil. The respondent filed a return, in which she averred that she was required to refuse admittance under the rules of the Board of Education and an Act of Assembly, both of which require the vaccination of children prior to admission to the public schools. To this a demurrer was filed, alleging its insufficiency at law. After argument, in which the merits of

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