National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Tuck him in--Safe ORTUNATE are the mothers of today. They can protect their babies from one of childhood's greatest enemies-smallpox. Before vaccination was discovered, mothers were powerless against this terrible disease-more prevalent than measles. Among children who died, under 10 years of age, smallpox was re sponsible for one out of three deaths. Over and over again smallpox swept the world, leaving its thousands of dead, thousands cruelly dis figured, thousands blind and deaf. Then came vaccination-and the number of deaths from smallpox went down and down. The end would have been reached but for the well-meaning, but misinformed persons who clamored that "vaccination is a crime"-that "sunshine and cleanliness, not vaccination, drive out smallpox". If such reckless statements are believed and parents do not have their children vaccinated, smallpox may again attack the children as it did a little more than a century ago. In the past, when arm to arm inoculation was common and persons were inoculated direct from smallpox patients, there were many deaths following attempts at prevention. Today, vaccination is safe. The only mishaps that can occur are due to carelessness in protecting the vaccinated area. The vaccine now used is pro duced under the control and supervision of the United States Government. K| _.s Smallpox comes from un ,' suspected sources. Because it takes 12 days to develop, it is possible for immi Sgrants or returning travel lers to bring smallpox into the country with them. Smallpox can be stamped out only by systematic vaccination. Every child , should be vaccinated before he is one year old and again during school years. .m u Immunity wears off in time -anywhere from five to fifteen years-and leaves one again susceptible. Is it more than seven years since you were vaccinated? Now-before the danger is upon you-make sure that you and yours are properly protected. Be safe. Before the Philippine Islands were occupied by the Ameri can Army in 1898, thou sands of persons died from smallpox every year. Vac cination carried on under the direction of Army officials drove smallpox down to only 273 deaths in one year. Then came a period when vaccination of children was neglected. As a result, the worst epidemic of modern times broke out in 1918.19 with 60,855 deaths-75 per cent of which were of chil dren under 9 years of age. Statistics show the lowest average number of cases per 100,000 of population in the states in which vaccination is compulsory;the next high est average in the optional states and the highest in the states without vaccination laws. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will gladly mail, free, booklets which give the facts "Smallpox" and "The Story of Edward Jenner", the man who discovered vaccination. Send for them. HALEY FISKE, President. Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in theWorld, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."