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November 6, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS: For Nov. 6, 2013

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I do not have the room to debate all vaccines, so let me present a story about smallpox vaccine: In 1918, the U.S. Army forced the vaccination of 3,285,376 natives in the Philippines when no epidemic was brewing, only the sporadic cases of the usual mild nature. Of the vaccinated persons, 47,369 came down with small-pox, and of these 16,477 died. 

In 1919, the experiment was doubled. 7,670,252 natives were vaccinated. Of these, 65,180 victims came down with small-pox, and 44,408 died. In the first experiment, one-third died, and in the second, two-thirds of the infected ones died. For reference, visit http://www.vaclib.org/email/phillipines.htm

— Luther B. Yount Jr., Charlestown

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