National Geographic : 1929 Jun
Ready for a Drink? LEAR, cold water from an old-fashioned well looks mighty tempting on a hot day. One might naturally think % that if the owner of the well drinks the water it must be pure. But the fact that he has drunk the water without ap parent harm does not prove that the water is pure. Science has discovered that a few individuals have been able to drink water more or less pol luted with typhoid germs with out contracting typhoid fever. But it is never safe for anyone "Tou're welcome. And it's the finest water in to take immunity for granted. the world. I've been drinking it for 50 years. Last year in the United States, approximately 65,ooo persons were stricken needlessly with typhoid fever and 6,500 died. Those who recover from typhoid fever are left in such physical condition that for about three years after an attack the deathrate of such per sons is twice the normal rate for the same ages. The story of inoculation which pre- j vents typhoid fever is a brilliant page in the history of the many triumphs of science over disease. During the Spanish-American War, 281,000 of our men went into service. One out of every twelve contracted ty phoid. In the World War there were 4,000,000 American soldiers, nearly all inoculated against typhoid. Although many of them were sent to typhoid 1-4 infected areas, only one out of every 3,700 had typhoid. While typhoid fever frequently comes .i from drinking polluted water, it also ' 1| comes from infected milk and various other contaminated foods, and from unsuspected "typhoid-carriers"-a few individuals who have recovered from the disease but who continue to carry " the germs. When typhoid-carriers are employed as helpers in households, hotels or res taurants there is great danger that they will cause infection among those they serve. Inoculations against typhoid fever are extremely simple and leave no scar. They protect from two to five years. Why take chances? Be prepared for your motor, camping and hiking trips this year. Go to your doctor for the S protection he can give. * * * * Wherever cities protect their supply of drinking water from sewage or purify their water by chlorination the death rate from typhoid drops. A marked re duction also takes place in communities where milk and food supplies are care fully protected and food handlers thor oughly inspected. But until this pro tection is general in cities, towns and villages and in country districts as well, typhoid inoculation is vitally necessary. The Metropolitan will be glad to mail, j, without cost, its booklet, "The Con i quest of Typhoid Fever," to anyone S who requests it. Address Booklet De partment, 69-N, Metropolitan Life In surance Company, New York, N. Y. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World,MoreAssets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."