London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Walthamstow 1933

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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127 children of school age immunised.
40 children of pre-school age immunised.
All children leaving the area before the final Schick Tests
were done were reported forward to the appropriate Medical Officer
of Health.
These 167 cases required a total of some 1,100 separate
Dick Tests 79
Positive 12
Doubtful 5
Negative 62
These tests were done at an Industrial School and of the 12
children positive, 7 (not given serum) contracted Scarlet Fever
while 5 were protected by passive immunisation.
In addition, materials were supplied to a local practitioner
for Dick Testing.
The cost of immunisation material per completed case
(averaged over the 121 completed cases) was 3s. 9d. per case.
The attention of parents has been drawn to the facilities which
are available by the following means:—
(a) Display of notices at all clinics.
(b) Distribution of leaflets by Infectious Disease Nurse during
removal of all Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria cases to
(c) Distribution of leaflets at all routine medical inspections.
(d) Distribution of leaflets during a localised outbreak of
diphtheria at any particular school.


The following numbers of specimens were examined during 1933: —

Private Practitioners1,8281912,019
Health Department606108714
School Medical Department75347800

The total number of Diphtheria specimens compares with
3,769 in 1932.