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December 7, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1539-1540. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470490037010

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The Board of Health of Camden, N. J., where a recent epidemic of tetanus after vaccination has occurred, has sent out a circular giving the facts of the case. Samples of all the different makes of vaccine employed have been tested by the State bacteriologist of New Jersey and found free from tetanus germs, which fact alone shows that the vaccine matter itself was innocent in these cases. The history of each case of tetanus, moreover, has been carefully collected. In every case vaccination was practiced in a cleanly and correct manner, the subsequent infection being due to the patients' own neglect or that of their parents, and their omission to present themselves to the attending physicians to receive proper attention. One case of tetanus occurred in a boy who had not been vaccinated, but had received a gunshot wound, thus showing that the infection is not confined to any

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