Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Richmond upon Thames]
VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION
The tables below show the numbers of children under 16 who completed vaccinations
or immunisation procedures during 1965.
No comparable figures for previous years are available, due to the re-organisation
of areas, but on the assumption that the 'take-up' has been similar in recent years, it
may be estimated that probably about 90% of children are 'protected' against Diphtheria,
Whooping Cough and Tetanus before their second birthday. The figure for
vaccination against Poliomyelitis would be even higher — about 95%. The proportion
of children protected against smallpox is comparatively low — about 50%.
Table 1. Immunisation against Diphtheria/Whooping Cough/Tetanus/Poliomyelitis (separately or combined).
|Type of Vaccine||YEAR OF BIRTH||Others Under 16||Total|
Table 2. Vaccination against Smallpox.
|Age at date of Vaccination||Under 1||1||2—4||5—15||Total|
B.C.G. Vaccination against Tuberculosis. See page 29.
Protection against Enteric Fever
During the year, agreement was reached with the South West London and Surrey
Local Medical Committee, that schoolchildren visiting abroad in school parties may
obtain T.A.B. inoculation either from their family doctor or from local authority clinics.
I strongly support the advice that all who undertake overseas travel should be so