National Geographic : 1929 Nov
*.*"*^S^Aw ;^.e' S1929 M. L.I. CO. Lucky UCKY indeed is the baby who has a mother wise enough to follow the doctor's advice -"Bring the baby to me when he is six months old and let me protect him against diphtheria. That is one disease he need never have." Last year more than 1oo,ooo children who were not inoculated had diphtheria. About 1o,ooo of them died-an average of more than one every hour of every day in the year. Will io,ooo innocents be sacrificed next year because some doctors have failed to warn mothers or because mothers have forgotten their doctors' warning? Prevention of diphtheria through inocula tion with toxin-antitoxin should not be confused with treatment of the disease by means of anti-toxin. The latter is a cure the former prevents. This disease has practically disappeared in 'i many cities where the people have backed I their health authorities in preventing diphtheria by inoculation with toxin antitoxin. But diphtheria finds its victims wherever people have been misled by false reports as to the alleged danger of METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . Babies Even when diphtheria is not fatal, it frequently leaves its victims with weakened hearts, damaged kidneys, ear trouble, or other serious after-effects. The majority of deaths from diphtheria are of little children less than five years old. If !'4 your child, so far unprotected, has not '- been stricken by this archenemy of childhood, your good fortune is a matter of luck-not precaution. If he is more than six months old, take him to your doctor without delay and have him inoculated. Diphtheria can be prevented by simple, painless inoculation which is lasting in its effect. Call up your doctor now and make an appointment. inoculation or have not learned to seek the protection which inoculation gives. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Com pany will gladly cooperate through its local managers, agents and nurses, with State or city authorities to stamp out . diphtheria. Detailed reports showing how Various cities organized their successful campaigns for "No More Diphtheria" will be mailed free of charge. Ask for Booklet 119-N. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."