Contagious Diseases

Department of Public Health, Suggestions Regarding Minimum Quarantine Requirements

Without vaccinations, quarantine was the best tool to prevent dangerous diseases from spreading.

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Seattle's Health and Sanitation, Volume 21, Number 11-12

This newsletter from Seattle's Health Department celebrates a preventative treatment for Diphtheria. It concludes, "Only two possible reasons can now exist for a child having or dying of diphtheria. One is ignorance on the part of parents, and the other is procrastination."

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Letter from Frank L. Morse, Medical Inspector to the Board of Health Regarding Three Cases of Diphtheria

These three cases illustrated the need for proper treatment and prevention of diphtheria.

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Letter from the Surgeon General to All State Health Officers Regarding the Resurgence of Smallpox

In the 18th century inoculation against Smallpox became common.  George Washington required the Continental Army to be inoculated.  Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but not without setbacks along the way.

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Correspondence Between Dr. John S. Hitchcock and Dr. Frank L. Morse, Medical Inspector, Regarding Somerville's Policy on Diphtheria Immunization

Dr. John S. Hitchcock worked in Massachusetts, and included a personal note for Dr. Frank L. Morse of Somerville. 

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Letter from Executive Clerk Laurence Howard to Representative William J. Bell Regarding Vaccination Policies

Representative William J. Bell wrote to Executive Clerk Laurence Howard regarding policies that would make vaccination more effective.

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Correspondence between Superintendent of Public Health Nurses K.L. Quinn and Executive Clerk Laurence Howard Regarding Opposition to Diphtheria Vaccination

Not everyone supported efforts to prevent diphtheria. 

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Correspondence Between Mrs. James R. Gibson and Executive Clerk Laurence Howard Regarding a Case of Whooping Cough

Neighbors and the Board of Health worked to keep infections from spreading.

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Letter from Walter C. Wardwell, Chairman regarding payment for the Treatment of Tuberculosis Patients