Medicine: Not for Children

For children, the new Army-tested influenza vaccine (TIME, Oct. 7) seems to be almost as bad as flu itself. Pediatricians have found that, for reasons still unexplained, children react to the vaccine much more violently than adults; as little as one-tenth of the normal adult dose (one cc) may produce high fever, chills, vomiting. Lederle Laboratories, a manufacturer of the vaccine, now advises against it for tots under two. Verdict of most leading pediatricians: for adults only.

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