National Geographic : 1930 Nov
Six Months Old Joday! Tomorrow he is going to keep an appointment with his doctor made the day the baby was born. SOUNG mothers of this generation little realize the heartaches and anxieties their grandmothers suffered in rearing their children. Forty years ago diphtheria killed six times as many babies as it does today. People were helpless when diphtheria epidemics raged.Then there was neither anti-toxin to help fight the disease, nor toxin-antitoxin (or toxoid) to prevent it. Nowadays, the disease has almost dis appeared in communities where people have organized campaigns to educate and persuade every mother to have her baby inoculated against diphtheria at the age of six months. Nevertheless, throughout the length and breadth of the country, about 8,000 children died last year from this one cause. They | had not been protected as they might | have been. Immunization is a very simple matter - painless and safe. But the inocula- f tion of your baby should notbe delayed. More than half of all deaths from diphtheria occur among children between the ages of six months and five years. A striking contrast .)~qT is presented by comparison of the death rates from diphtheria in two groups - ' of representative American cities. For the past three years the first group has carried on an intensive campaign to immunize all children against diphtheria and has decreased its deathrate 33%. S During the same period the second group of cities has been less aggres sive and has had an increase of 9%. Protection can be given your baby whether or not you live in a city or a part of the country which has a S dangerous diphtheria deathrate. Take him to your doctor and you will be Spared one anxiety from which past Generations were never free. i Metropolitan Life Insurance Company S ,". will gladly mail free, its booklet, "Diphtheria is Preventable". Address Booklet Department 13o'N. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT .I ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."