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March 2, 1901

Accidental Vaccination.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(9):584. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470090048020

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Meadow Creek, W. Va., Feb. 21, 1901.

To the Editor:  —In the February number of Medicine, a case of vaccin infection was reported. I have seen a similar case. Some time last November a woman came to my office to show me a peculiar looking sore on her neck. I had recently vaccinated a number of persons, and, among them, three children in the family in which this woman was a nurse. On inquiry I found she had been scratched on the neck by one of the children, while taking care of it. She had never been vaccinated. The sore was a characteristic vaccination pustule. I was forced to the conclusion that the child had accidentally conveyed the vaccin from its arm to the neck of the nurse by its finger nails.

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