National Geographic : 1926 Nov
No Diphtheria by 1930! REMEMBER what happened in Nome the winter before last? An epidemic of diphtheria swept the little town. Every child was threat ened. Mothers were frantic. Then came Balto-that strong-hearted leader of a wonderful dog-team-with the only thing that could check the raging epi demic-antitoxin. Nome would never have needed to send desperate calls for antitoxin treatment if the preventive toxin-antitoxin-had previously been used. The same tragedy, without the dramatic setting, is happening in homes all over the country. Needlessly. Do not risk the lives of your children. Take them to your family physician and ask him to inoculate them against diphtheria. Dangerous at all ages, diphtheria is es pecially so to children under six years of age. Therefore it is vitally important that babies should be protected with toxin antitoxin. Most babies are "I Told You So" naturally immune during the "' ONTHS and months ago I presented well- first few months. But this ,ioL established medical facts about toxin-antitoxin immunity soon disappears. J results and begged to have the children of our city im munized against diphtheria. In the towns around us If everybody were inocu toxin-antitoxin was used and the diphtheriadeathrateis lated, diphtheria would < practically zero. But here nothing was done and rapidly disappear from the diphtheria is again rampant. Now I appeal again." earth. Despite the fact that there need be no diphtheria, toxin was widely used there began an immedi it is still one of the greatest enemies of child- ate drop in the deathrate from diphtheria. In hood-causing more than 11,000 deaths a year one city of nearly 40,000, not a single death in the United States-more than 200,000 cases from this disease was reported in 1925. In an of suffering. other city of more than 130,000, only one death was reported in the last two years. New York Diphtheria takes more lives than measles, and aims to stamp out diphtheria by 1930. scarlet fever combined! When it does not kill-it frequently leaves its victims with weak- The Metropolitan is eager to cooperate, through ened hearts and other serious after-effects. its local managers, agents and nurses, with state or city authorities, whenever possible. Send Write to us for detailed reports showing how for Diphtheria-Prevention literature. It will some cities organized their successful campaigns be mailed free. for "No More Diphtheria". Where toxin-anti. HALEY FISKE, President. Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders,More Insurance in force,More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."