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

View report page

West Ham 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

This page requires JavaScript

Number of children who were immunised in 1934 against
Diphtheria 665
Total number of children immunised from 2nd February,
1934, to 6th September, 1935 1635
Of the 665 children immunised in 1934, 512 have been Schicktested
after treatment, of whom 5 only were still found to give a
positive reaction; each of these 5 children received a further dose
of toxin-antitoxin mixture.

Age period at which this treatment was given

10 months—1 year17
1- 2 years97
2— 3 years98
3— 4 years78
4— 5 years111
5—10 years193
10—14 years66
Over 14 years5

The Medical Superintendent (Dr. D. Maclntyre) reports as
The number of patients under treatment during 1934 was
2,098. This is an increase of 18 over the number treated in the
previous year. The total deaths numbered 75, as compared with
105 in the previous year, and 128 in 1932.
An epidemic of scarlet fever occurred in the Borough during
the summer of 1933, and the disease continued to be very prevalent
throughout 1934. Owing to lack of accommodation, only a portion
of the cases that were notified could be admitted to the Hospital.
In the latter part of 1933 a ward of twenty beds was opened at the
Harold Wood Hospital for the treatment of convalescent cases.
The disease remained of the prevailing mild type.
Diphtheria was very prevalent throughout the year. The
admissions showed an increase of 242 over the previous year, and
was the largest number under treatment since 1928. Many of the
cases were of the same virulent type as appeared in the Borough
during the Spring of 1933. The ward at Harold Wood was
turned over in the Autumn to the treatment of diphtheria cases in
place of the scarlet fever convalescents.
Two cases were admitted as typhoid fever and proved to be
suffering from para-typhoid B. Each had a moderately severe
attack, but made a satisfactory recovery.