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March 18, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(11):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450380049010

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The antivaccination craze has broken out in various parts of the country, but the necessarily local character of legislation in the United States will prevent its taking on a national importance as in England. The antivaccinationists are, however, as virulent and unscrupulous as they can be anywhere, as is shown by the following quotation from an Indiana paper, taken from an antivaccination circular: "The board of health advise all to be vaccinated, but they fail to tell what vaccination is. The reason they do not tell is because they dare not. Vaccination is the inoculation of a healthy person with the putrid pus from a festering sore—of a syphilitic nature—on a diseased animal." It is not a credit to any community that statements like the above should be circulated and receive credence among its members, but there will always be some everywhere possessed of the qualities against which even the

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