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 Walthamstow]
The following figures are from those weekly supplied by the Education
Committee's Superintendent of Attendance Officers, and show the
number of children absent from school during the year, owing to
Measles and Whooping Cough:—
Sickness Return, from January, 1910, to December, 1910.
|Month Ending||Measles.||Whooping Cough.||Total.|
|April (Easter Holiday—1 week)||533||422||955|
|May (Whitsun Holiday—1 week)||573||226||779|
|(Midsummer Holiday—4 weeks) September||41||21||62|
|December (Christmas Holiday—2 weeks)||49||130||179|
The numbers for each month are the sum of the weekly returns, and
therefore represent nearly four-fold the actual number affected.
This disease was at no time of the year epidemic. As in previous
years, in association with Bronchitis and Pneumonia in elderly people,
it is a dangerous affection, and was the cause of 10 deaths.
One death was registered from this disease, and in "The Table
of Deaths" one also is given as due to "Accidents and Diseases
The number of deaths attributable in any way to the lying-in state is
very small, as was the number of women notified as suffering from
Puerperal Fever. In fact the year was among the best on record, and
considering that the home conditions of many of our poorer women are
far from predisposing to safety, the result is remarkable.