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Southall 1962

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Southall]

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Of those previously obtaining two injections, by the end of December, 17,084 had
received a third injection.

Measles incidence was not heavy during the year 1962 and there were no deaths from this cause. The following table shows the trend of notifications during the past ten years.

YearNo. of CasesDeaths

Influenza was not a serious problem in 1962. There were no deaths during the year
attributable to influenza.
Two hundred and thirty notifications for dysentery were received in 1962.
In October, a woman who had been in hospital for treatment was discharged home
while still a carrier of Sonne Dysentery. The Public Health Department was not informed
of this and the result was an outbreak of this disease in Featherstone Road Infants School,
Southall. In spite of speedy tracking of contacts and immediate exclusion from school of
suspects, and in spite of the incessant and careful watch on hygiene within the school by
the members of the staff, 37 children developed the illness in that school and a further 20 in
other schools. Eight hundred and ninety one faeces specimens of patients and contacts were
taken—in total 100 positive cases were found and treated. We were very fortunate in being
able to contain the disease into a small area of the Borough, and it was noteworthy that
cases did not occur among our Indian population who are more careful about their
personal cleanliness when handling food. Many notifications were not confirmed bacteriologically.

Smallpox Vaccination

1962Age Group
Under 1 year1-2 years2-4 years5-14 years15 years and overTotal
Primary Vaccination4401453862,2942,6155,880
1961Age Group
Under 1 year1-2 years2-4 years5-14 years15 years and overTotal
Primary Vaccination44952384175655

The figures for smallpox vaccination rose sensationally because of the fact of the entry
of smallpox cases into this country in the first months of the year. There was an immediate