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Commentary on Report on Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccines

Albert B. Sabin, MD
JAMA. 1964;190(1):52-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140058008.
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FIRST OF ALL I would like to emphasize those portions of the report with which I am in full agreement:

  1. Communities which have not yet had mass campaigns should have them during the forthcoming autumn and winter (1964-1965). The mere absence of cases for several years in communities with large numbers of persons who have not had the benefit of immunization with oral poliovirus vaccine should constitute a warning of potential future outbreaks rather than a basis for complacency.

  2. Special emphasis should be placed on the immunization of infants during the first year of life. If this is not done on a larger scale than heretofore, even communities that have already had satisfactory mass campaigns will not long continue to enjoy freedom from poliomyelitis.

  3. Pending ultimate determination of the duration of immunity following oral vaccine, vaccination of all children on entry to elementary school should become a


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