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Fulham 1927

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1927

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Regarding the ages of those affected, the following table shows that more cases occurred in children of 5 and 6 years of age than at other ages.

0 to11to22 to33 to44to55 to66 to77to88 to99 to1010 to 1515to 2020 to 3535 to 4545 to 6565 & upTotal.

The disease was prevalent all the year round, but
more so in March and November. The largest number
of notifications was received during the first quarter
of the year, and the second largest number in the last
First Quarter:—
Third Quarter:—
January 34
February 29
March 53
July 25
August 29
September 28
Second Quarter:—
April 23
May 40
June 26
Fourth Quarter:—
October 27
November 48
December 28
Deaths from Diphtheria.—Eleven deaths were due to
diphtheria, thus giving a case mortality of 2.5 per
cent. Eight deaths occurred in females and three in
males. Of the eleven deaths two were in adults aged
33 and 35 years respectively; four deaths occurred in
children aged 2 years and one in a child of one year.
The remaining four persons whose illness ended fatally
were aged 3, 4, 5, and 7 years respectively.
The Prevention of Diphtheria.—I have already submitted
two reports to the Public Health Committee
recommending the adoption of the Schick test and
immunisation against diphtheria.
This method has been used in America and in
several large towns in this country and elsewhere for